More pre-registration assistance

Under REACH legislation (on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals), companies that manufacture or import substances into the EU in annual quantities of 1 tonne or more must register them with the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) in order to ensure continuation of supply. Pre-registration is the first step in this process, and failure to pre-register a chemical between 1 June and 1 December 2008 means that it can no longer be manufactured or imported after 1 December 2008 until it has been registered with ECHA. Pre-registered chemicals benefit from the extended registration deadlines (30 November 2010, 31 May 2013 or 31 May 2018), which depend on the tonnage and the hazardous properties of the substance. ECHA has issued further information on pre-registration to help with this process (available via when last updated on 14 April 2008), while information is available on other topics, including registration and the formation of SIEFs (Substance Information Exchange Fora) via the same site (using the subheadings under “Pre-registration” in the menu). {175974}

The IUCLID 5 pre-registration plug-in can now be downloaded

The IUCLID 5 plug-in referred to in last month’s Toxicology and Regulatory News (2008, 47, 61), one of the options for those companies wishing to pre-register their chemicals from 1 June 2008, has now been made available for downloading, via on the internet. {174933}

REACH guidance for monomers and polymers updated

A further update of the “Guidance for monomers and polymers” (dated March 2008), with changes helpfully listed in an appendix, can be obtained (via from ECHA. {169342}

The above items are taken from the May 2008 issue of Toxicology and Regulatory News which is sent automatically to members of bibra (click here for more details).