The last step to successfully register under REACH is to send a registration dossier, with all the required information, to the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA). This is done electronically through the Agency’s secure IT system REACH-IT.
With the launch of this step, companies have a full toolkit available in 23 EU languages to help them register by the 31 May 2018 deadline.
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From submission to a registration number
After you have submitted your dossier to ECHA, it will go through the following:
Business rules check: ECHA verifies, for example, that your administrative information is consistent with your submission type.
Technical completeness check: a check to make sure that all the information required by REACH is included.
Invoice for the fee: you will receive the invoice for your registration fee through REACH-IT. Pay it on time.
Decision on your registration: if your dossier is complete and you have paid the invoice, you will get a registration number through REACH-IT.
Publishing information: ECHA will automatically publish all non-confidential information from your registration dossier online.
Material for 'Finding your co-registrants' updated
The new version of REACH-IT, published in June 2016, makes it easier to find the lead registrant for your chemical. The lead registrant’s name and contact details are now available in REACH-IT to all pre-registrants of the same substance.
If the lead registrant has agreed, their name will also be published on ECHA’s website on the List of lead registrants. The material and webinar for phase 2 'Finding your co-registrants' has been updated to reflect these changes.
Last call to pre-register your low volume chemicals
If you manufacture or import a phase-in substance for the first time at 1 to 100 tonnes per year, and your substance is not carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic to reproduction, you can still pre-register within six months of starting the activity, and at the latest by 31 May 2017 – one year before the registration deadline.
Non-animal methods now a default for skin sensitisation – submit correct information
The new REACH requirements for skin sensitisation entered into force on 11 October 2016 making non-animal testing the default requirement. Remember to take this change into account when submitting information to ECHA, otherwise your dossier will not pass the completeness check.
The European downstream user industry has now started to publish sectoral use maps to help manufacturers and importers of chemicals register their substances. The first use maps for the adhesive and sealant industry; soap, detergents and maintenance products; and cosmetics are now available in a use map library on ECHA’s website.
The sixth and final step to successfully register your chemicals by the 31 May 2018 deadline is to submit your dossier electronically through REACH-IT to ECHA. You will receive your registration number once ECHA verifies that your dossier is complete and that you have paid the invoice for the registration fee. After completing your REACH registration, you can continue to legally supply your chemicals on the EU market.