…Application of REACH to nanomaterials

Following ongoing discussions within the REACH Competent Authorities and its subgroup on nanomaterials, a document has been published describing how REACH is seen currently to apply to nano-sized materials, and the challenges that are envisaged in its implementation.

[European Commission. Follow-up to the 6th Meeting of the REACH Competent Authorities for the implementation of Regulation (EC) 1907/2006. Nanomaterials in REACH. 16 December 2008 (available at {180904}

…ECHA upgrades for REACH-IT and IUCLID 5

The European Chemicals Agency has updated REACH-IT (released 16 January 2009) by improving searches and messaging modules in order to facilitate the formation of SIEFs (Substance Information Exchange Forums). Further information can be obtained via http://echa.europa.eu/news/press_en.asp#press20090120 on the ECHA website.

A query plug-in is now available which is intended to extend the ways in which data can be searched in a user’s IUCLID 5 database, and to access administrative and scientific data. The query tool plug-in runs only with the latest version of IUCLID (5.1; released 16 January 2009). Visit http://iuclid.echa.europa.eu/ for more information.

…Pre-SIEFS and SIEFs – ECHA explains how to share information

To assist SIEF formation, REACH-IT automatically placed companies that pre-registered chemicals with the same name (or chemical identifiers) in the same pre-SIEF. However, an ECHA document (dated 13 February 2009) reminds companies that they should form SIEFs and make these groups operationally active as soon as possible, particularly in cases where registrations have to be submitted by 1 December 2010. Although the REACH Regulation leaves the management of SIEFs to industry, the ECHA memorandum sets out the key points involved and clarifies the role of the very grandly titled SIEF Formation Facilitator (ECHA document available at http://echa.europa.eu/doc/reachit/sief_key_principles.pdf). {180934}

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

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