…Initial limited scope for the REACH-IT software tool

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced on 8 May that, due to the “instability” of the current REACH-IT version, it is limiting the first production release to company sign-up and online pre-registration. It noted that temporary procedures would be put in place by 1 June for notifications, enquiries and registration, details of which would be made available on the ECHA website during the week of 19 May. [European Chemicals Agency. The initial scope of the REACH-IT release prudently defined. Press Release of 8 May 2008, available at http://echa.europa.eu/doc/press/pr_reach_it_defin_20080508.pdf on the internet.] {176544}

…Workshop presentations

Presentations given at the REACH workshop “Final countdown to pre-registration and registration of chemicals” on 14 April 2008 and the REACH-IT Stakeholders Workshop on 7 May 2008 are now available on the ECHA website (via http://echa.europa.eu/news/events_en.asp). {176123; 176579}

…Guidance documents

A review is evidently being undertaken to decide if it is legally possible for an “only representative” (representing several “non-Community manufacturers”) to aggregate chemical tonnages. Information on this can be found on pages 23-24 of the most recent (April 2008) ECHA guidance document on registration ), but expect another update before 1 June 2008. {169341}

A new ECHA document has been issued to assist Member State Competent Authorities and ECHA in preparing and using a socio-economic analysis as part of a proposal to restrict the manufacturing, placing on the market and/or use of a substance under REACH (i.e. when developing an Annex XV dossier for Restriction). It should also be of use to those who need to prepare (or contribute relevant information towards) such analyses. The (May 2008) guidance document is available at on the internet. {176576}

…Guidance fact sheets

Help is at hand for those who have not yet had a chance to fully assimilate “Guidance for downstream users” and “Guidance for identification and naming of substances under REACH”. ECHA has now issued two guidance fact sheets on these topics (both dated 17 April 2008 and available via http://echa.europa.eu/reach/fact_sheet_en.asp), which summarise the key aspects of the guidance documents. {176194-5}

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

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