For each substance you have pre-registered, a pre-SIEF page was set up in REACH-IT.
In the pre-SIEF page, you will find the contact information of the other companies that have pre-registered with the same substance identifier. You need to contact each other to see who will register and if your substances are the same. Once you establish that you have the same substance, you have formed a substance information exchange forum (SIEF).
In the SIEF, you will share the data you have on your substance with your co-registrants, share costs and prepare the joint registration.
Does your organisation represent companies that deal with chemicals? Is it a non-profit or public interest organisation? If so, help us communicate about the last registration deadline - join the REACH 2018 Communicators' Network
Is your substance already registered?
If your substance is already registered, a substance information exchange forum (SIEF) exists. Contact the lead registrant of the SIEF - you might have already received emails from that company. You can also check who the lead registrant is in the pre-SIEF pages of REACH-IT. The lead registrant will put you in contact with the SIEF.
You may also ask any of the companies that have registered your substance how to best get in contact with the SIEF. You can find out who these companies are on ECHA's website.
Substance identification - why is it important to get it right?
An accurate substance identity is an essential starting point for your REACH registration. Firstly, you need to know what your substance is to know whether it falls within the scope of REACH. If it does, you need to fulfil your obligations to stay legally on the market.
Accurate substance identity will also help you to identify other registrants of the same substance and to share data correctly to prevent unnecessary animal testing and to reduce costs.
Have a look at our new support material on substance identification.
Share information about REACH 2018 – new leaflet and infographic available
Do you know companies who are dealing with chemicals and might need to register them with ECHA to stay on the market after May 2018? Do you know companies who know their obligations but have not yet started the work? Share the information from our REACH 2018 web pages and remind them of their tasks with our new leaflet and infographic. Remember also that preparing a registration can take anything between six months to three years. So, starting as soon as possible is key to a successful registration.
The leaflet and infographic are availiable in 23 EU languages on our REACH 2018 web pages. If you want to print the leaflet for your REACH-related event, send a request for a print-ready file to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mr Andreas Herdina, Director of Cooperation, ECHA's SME Ambassador:
REACH 2018: the road ahead
Our preparations – and I presume yours too – for the 2018 REACH registration deadline are going strong. We here at ECHA have set ourselves the goal to be ready by the end of 2016. By then, we will be ready to support you in that final sprint!
Companies based outside the EEA can appoint a European-based only representative to take over the responsibilities of importers for complying with REACH. Have a look at our advice on what an only representative has to do.