Friday, October 22, 2010

ECHA Suggests Companies Verify Which Substances Have Been Registered Under REACH

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has posted an update to its list of substances proposed for registration in 2010.  And now the list contains information on which of the substances have already been registered.  As of this writing there were 4742 substances that had been proposed, with a little less than half - 2128 - already through the registration process.

And with the first deadline for registration of November 30, 2010 rapidly approaching, there will be a lot of new registrations going online in the next few weeks.  ECHA promises to update the list weekly.

ECHA also recommends that downstream users check the substances that they use in their products to make sure they are being registered on time by the manufacturer or importer.  Substances that are not registered on time will no longer be allowed for sale until the full registration dossier is submitted.  Of course, not all substances are due this year - only those manufactured or imported in volumes exceeding 1000 tpa or are substances of high concern.  The remaining substances produced in lesser volumes are not due to be registered until either 2013 or 2018 depending on tonnage.

More information can be found on the ECHA site, including the list in PDF and other downloadable formats.

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