Regulations: Reach Guidance Whats new in Terms of Reach? The Must–Know–Changes for 2016

Author / Editor: Pete Walters / Anke Geipel-Kern

Several incoming and recent developments in 2016 will likely have a sizeable impact on the regulatory climate Reach, BPR and CLP already impose on businesses. This article will briefly consider some of the most significant modifications regarding implementing regulations, deadlines, software updates, Adaptation to Technical and scientific Progress (ATP) and the ongoing additions to the respective regulations..

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Reach is the Euopean Guidance for Chemicals. Here a stacker operator maneuvers an_intermodal (ISO) container filled with hydrolysate
Reach is the Euopean Guidance for Chemicals. Here a stacker operator maneuvers an_intermodal (ISO) container filled with hydrolysate
(Bild: The U.S. Army Chemical Materials Activity (CMA))

Amongst the changes around Reach are the usual prospective updates to the List of Restrictions, the Authorisation List and the Candidate List for Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs). The latter of which recently underwent an addition of five substances to bring the total to 168, as at December 2015.

The New Year brought with it new provisions in accordance with Reach; the Implementing Act on Joint Submission of Data and Data-sharing was published in the Official Journal on 6 January 2016, entering into force on 26 January 2016.

Echa-Guidance to be Updated

This act lays down provisions on data sharing for Reach registration purposes and are built on the principles of fairness, non-discrimination and transparency under the Reach. In light of the Implementing Act, Echa is planning to update its guidance on data sharing in due course.

It is intended the act will be of benefit to all registrants but with a focus on SMEs in view of the 31 May 2018 registration deadline. Many more registrations are anticipated in the lead up to the 2018 deadline than the combined total of both the previous registration deadlines.

It is anticipated that a high proportion of registrations will be made by SMEs, sometimes with little or no experience in registration and finding themselves in small Substance Information Exchange Fora (SIEFs) where they may need to take on the duties of Lead Registrant. The fine and speciality chemicals sectors are no exception to this and so the recent Act will almost certainly impact data sharing agreements during the SIEF and beyond.

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