ECHA urges registrants of intermediates to improve the quality of their dossiers

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has conducted a new IT-based screen ing of all REACH intermediate registration dossiers, which has raised serious quality and potential compliance concerns.

  • The concerned registrants have been directly informed via REACH-IT and are requested to review and update their dossiers with correct information over the next three months.
  • After this period, ECHA plans to screen these dossiers again and identify those that will be subject to further regulatory actions.

Helsinki, 14 September 2012 – REACH allows intermediates manufactured and used under strictly controlled conditions to be registered with reduced information on their properties and without a chemical safety report.

  • ECHA has earlier reported on the outcome of previous screenings of intermediate dossiers undertaken in 2010 and 2011.
  • Those screenings raised serious concerns in terms of compliance.
  • The most problematic dossiers that seemed to be inconsistent with the definition of intermediates and/or respecting strictly controlled conditions have been pursued through clarification requests and where needed compliance checks.
  • Therefore, there are substances currently registered as intermediates for which potentially important information on their hazards and risks has not been gathered.

ECHA has now undertaken a more systematic IT-screening of the approximately 5 500 registrations for intermediates.

  • The Agency has sent letters to 574 registrants with potentially non-compliant intermediate registrations, asking them to carefully review the reported uses and update their registration dossiers within three months.
  • ECHA has also added to this letter practical advice for registrants on how to better report intermediates in IUCLID 5.4 or how to update the registration to a full Article 10 Registration.
  • After the end of the three month period, ECHA will undertake a new screening of dossiers and identify those that require regulatory action.

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