The quality of registration dossiers filed under the European Union’s chemical rules—known as the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restrictions of Chemicals (REACH) program—still needs to be improved, according to an evaluation report.
In the 2013 evaluation report, the European Chemicals Agency found 61 percent of the 1,130 dossiers that it checked lacked information required under REACH. In those cases, ECHA requested more information from the registrants in draft decisions, the report says.
Most of the gaps in information related to substance identity, physicochemical properties, sub-chronic toxicity studies, pre-natal developmental toxicity studies and exposure assessment, the report says.
ECHA, which examines all proposals to test substances in order to provide data required by REACH, also checks at least 5 percent of all registration dossiers for compliance with the law.
The ECHA also reviewed testing proposals. In 71 of the 111 decisions it made, ECHA accepted the tests proposed by the registrants. In 37 cases, it modified at least one of the proposed tests.
Based on its evaluation, the ECHA is recommending companies to provide robust evidence of any adaptation of the standard testing requirements. As more cases go through evaluation in 2014, the ECHA recommends that companies keep their dossiers up-to-date and to be prepared on how to respond to a draft decision.
An ECHA enforcement project released in September 2013 that focused on checking the compliance of downstream users found 67 percent of companies inspected do not comply with European Union rules on chemicals.
The REACH Centre launched released this week chemtrac3, the latest version of its comprehensive online chemicals management and regulatory reference tool.
REACH said chemtrac3 makes managing chemicals in your business easier; upload, cross-reference and create lists; customize a home screen to show only the regulations of interest; record additional information relating to chemicals and products. It also comes with improved filter, sort and search options.
The tool covers more than 150,000 chemicals and more than 100 global regulations. Compliance with REACH rules has been problematic.