Community rolling action plan
The Community rolling action plan (CoRAP) specifies the substances that are to be evaluated over a period of three years. The plan is annually updated to include substances for the additional year as well as any revision to the substances that were included in the second and third year of the previous plan.
Those substances subject to immediate evaluation are listed in the first year of the plan. However, a Member State may notify at any time that it has information suggesting that the substance is a priority for evaluation, even though it is not included in the CoRAP list. In these situations, the CoRAP may be amended to include this substance prior to an annual update.
ECHA and the Member States develop risk-based criteria on which substances are selected for the CoRAP.
The selection criteria cover hazard information, exposure information and tonnage of substances, including the aggregated tonnage of the same substance from multiple registrations. The hazard and exposure related criteria are not used independently, but in combination to provide a risk-based approach. For example, a hazardous substance with controlled exposure can be of less priority than a less hazardous substance of major exposure.
Member States contribute to the development of the CoRAP by proposing substances for inclusion. They can use the same risk-based criteria as agreed with ECHA or in some cases indicate other risk-based grounds of concern founded on national priorities.
The criteria will be periodically revised on the basis of the experience gained and changes to priorities.
Not all substances meeting the criteria will be included in the CoRAP list for evaluation. Member States and ECHA have to consider if a request for further information at the end of the evaluation process would help to clarify the initial concern over a substance. The interests and capacities of the Member States may also influence the inclusion of a substance in the CoRAP list.
Establishing the CoRAP
Following the established risk-based criteria, ECHA and the Member States identify a number of substances that could be included in the CoRAP. Member States express their interest to evaluate a certain substance so that ECHA can create a draft CoRAP with the substance names and the tentative assessment years.
The final CoRAP is adopted after consultation among the Member States and the opinion of ECHA's Member State Committee. From the publication of the draft CoRAP, substances may be added or removed before ECHA adopts the final CoRAP. The final CoRAP indicates the initial concerns over the substances and designates the Member States that will carry out the evaluation.
ECHA has adopted the first CoRAP in 2012 for 2012 - 2014. ECHA submits annually a draft to update the CoRAP to the Member States.