ECHA Improves Checks of REACH Dossiers

As of April 2020, the ECHA plans to check REACH dossiers with manual and computer-assisted checks. The agency hopes that the new checks will enable it to uncover information gaps more efficiently than it could before.

First, the computer-assisted checks should ensure that registrants provide truly complete information about hazard endpoints. Second, inspectors want to ensure manually that the chemical safety report contains all data on the use of and related exposure to the chemical.

This information comes from an ECHA report prepared in preparation for the CARACAL meeting on November 6 to November 7. In the past, manual checks have improved the quality of the dossiers, according to the report. They also added a great deal of study data that had not been included in the initial registration.

In fact, many companies fail to submit test data, and the reasons for this data waving are not always justified.

The provisions of REACH Registration Guidelines, Part B (p. 55, only in German) apply here: “A justification for non-submission of a test is accepted only when no study has been performed according to the specific rules for changes/deviations as found in Annexes VII to X or according to the principles of Annex XI.”

The revised controls should run in the spring, concurrent with the update of IUCLID. The stricter controls will then apply equally to existing and new registrations. In some cases, a previously accepted registration dossier might be rejected according to the new rules if data is missing. To inform companies of what is on the horizon, the ECHA is preparing a Webinar for next year. It should also provide a contact form to put company representatives in touch with the inspectors quickly.

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