From 1 March 2014, new rules concerning the export and import of very hazardous chemicals will be implemented, when the revised Prior Informed Consent (PIC) Regulation becomes operational. At the same time, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) will take over the administrative and technical responsibility from the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission.
ECHA continues to develop ways to support registrants in improving the quality of their registrations. A new version of the Dossier Quality Assistant is now available to help registrants find potential inconsistencies in their dossiers. In addition, a new section has been published on ECHA's website where registrants can easily find concrete information to improve their dossiers.
ECHA's annual evaluation report 2013 gives recommendations to all registrants on how to improve the quality of their dossiers. As a consequence of ECHA's evaluation decisions, two thirds of evaluated registrations were brought into compliance following an update. In the course of 2013, the Agency forwarded 32 non-compliant cases to national enforcement authorities for their action.
ECHA has started sending out legally binding letters to registrants who have registered their substances as intermediates, but have not responded to the Agency's requests to correct the inconsistencies found in their dossiers. Companies receiving the letter have one month to update their registration before ECHA sends the case to the Member States enforcement authorities.
CEFIC and EUROMETAUX will organise in association with ECHA a workshop on the timing and handling of submissions on the upcoming applications for chromates. The focus of this workshop is on the process aspects of the applications.
Substances on the Authorisation List (Annex XIV of the REACH Regulation) cannot be placed on the market or used after the so-called "sunset date" unless an authorisation has been granted for a specific use, or if the use has been exempted from authorisation. As soon as a substance is included in the Authorisation List, manufacturers, importers or downstream users of this substance may apply for an authorisation.
Some 200 representatives of potential applicants have participated in ECHA's seminars on application for authorisation. Furthermore many others have been involved in the preparation of applications. It would be opportune now to share experiences and lessons learned to further improve the process. ECHA is organising this workshop in collaboration with Cefic and Eurometaux.