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Seminar on Applications for Authorisation

Helsinki | 18-19 April 2017

The purpose of this seminar was to improve future applicants’ knowledge of the REACH authorisation application procedure. The first half day highlighted the main elements on how to prepare an application. This is based on the Applications for Authorisation (AfA) Practical Guide, and was illustrated with examples. The seminar also offered the opportunity to know more how the opinion-making process is performed by RAC and SEAC, how the European Commission addresses the decision-making and to get practical advice and feedback from previous applicants.

The meeting gathered around 80 industry participants and other experts.

Final Programme


  • How to apply for authorisation - Thierry Nicot, ECHA Presentation
  • Evaluation of Applications by Committees for Risk Assessment and Socio-Economic Analysis - Tomas Öberg, ECHA Presentation
  • Decision-making process at the European Commission - Anna Borràs, European Commission Presentation
  • Example of a single applicant approach to the preparation of an application with focus on the socio-economic analysis and analysis of alternatives - Richard Dubourg, The Economics Interface Limited Presentation
  • Example of a joint Downstream Users application scoping, including issues of representativeness and management of confidential business information - Ying Zhu, ReachLaw Presentation
  • Lessons learned from upstream applications with limited Downstream User input - Hiram Moerman, Apeiron Team Presentation
  • Example of applications with large numbers of applicants/DUs covered - Martina Vosteen - Ramboll Environ Presentation

Watch the video recordings of the presentations here.


The list of participants who agreed to have their name published.


For questions about the seminar, please contact: application-authorisation [at]

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