…Bumper pre-registration offerings

Staggeringly, REACH pre-registration, which closed on 1 December 2008, resulted in over 2.2 million submissions (about fifteen times the number expected), covering more than 100,000 substances. Presumably slightly overwhelmed, ECHA (the European Chemicals Agency) is nevertheless still intending to publish the complete list of pre-registered substances on its website by 1 January 2009. The next REACH obligation for pre-registrants is to participate in Substance Information Exchange Fora (SIEFs) where data on animal studies will be shared in order to avoid duplication. For more information, see the Press Release ECHA/PR/08/54 dated 2 December 2008 (available at http://echa.europa.eu/doc/press/pr_08_54_end_of_%20preregistration_20081202.pdf).

…Seasonal closures at ECHA

REACH-IT will be shut down from 17 December 2008 until 5 January 2009, to allow database transfer to an updated version. Dossier submissions via REACH-IT will re-commence from 5 January 2009 (although it will not be available going forwards during weekends or public holidays). The ECHA helpdesk will be closed from 19 December 2008 until 5 January 2009. More information is given in the News Alert ECHA/PR/08/55 (dated 3 December 2008), available at http://echa.europa.eu/doc/press/pr_08_55_xmas_timetable_20081203.pdf from the ECHA website.

…Updated registration guidance

Yet again, ECHA has revised its “guidance on registration” to further clarify the responsibilities of the “only representative” (see Section 1.5.3.4; page 21 of the document). This is apparently to explain more explicitly the position regarding the appointment of a third party representative, the volume of the import to be covered by the only representative, and when the only representative can benefit from Article 28(6) of the REACH Regulation. Version 1.4 (dated 26 November 2008) is available at on the internet. {169341}

…ECHA ready for Yuletide quiz

Version 1.5 (dated 26 November 2008) of “REACH-IT frequently asked questions” can now be viewed (at http://echa.europa.eu/doc/reachit/reachit_faq.pdf). {178167}

Also available (at http://echa.europa.eu/doc/reach/reach_faq.pdf) is Version 2.3 (dated 6 November 2008) of “Frequently asked questions on REACH by industry”. {177761}

The above items were taken from the January 2009 issue of Toxicology and Regulatory News which is sent automatically to members of bibra (click here for more details).

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