IT screening campaigns on dossiers
ECHA takes actions to improve the quality of information in registration dossiers aiming to fulfil its first strategic objective "maximising the availability of high-quality data to enable the safe manufacture and use of chemicals". As part of these actions, ECHA has used the experience gained from evaluating registration dossiers and translated frequent shortcomings into computerised algorithms that can be used to screen the whole database. This gives the Agency a better overview of the quality of the registration data and helps to address the found inconsistencies more efficiently.
The results of the initial screenings are communicated to registrants through informal letters, which also provide advice on how to fix the potential inconsistencies. The Agency expects that companies will take these letters seriously and spontaneously update their registrations addressing the highlighted concerns, as well as using this knowledge to avoid repeating the issues in further submissions. These letters are an opportunity for companies to improve their dossiers before ECHA puts in place legally binding measures such as compliance checks.
REACH allows intermediates manufactured and used under strictly controlled conditions to be registered with reduced information on their properties and without a chemical safety report. Workers, consumers or the environment may be adversely exposed to substances registered as intermediates that do not fulfil the definition of intermediates and/or strictly controlled conditions and for which information on their hazards and risks is missing in the registration dossier. For this reason ECHA is actively verifying the compliance of these types of dossiers.
- Background note provided with intermediates screening letters [PDF] [EN]
- Data Submission Manual – Part 05 – How to complete a technical dossier for registrations and PPORD notifications [PDF] [EN] Annex 5 - Instructions on reporting uses in IUCLID 5.4 for lead, member and individual registrants.
- News Alert 14 February 2014 Unresponsive registrants of intermediates obliged to give more information
- News Alert 14 February 2013 ECHA receives updates for intermediate dossiers and announces further follow-up actions
- News Alert 14 September 2012 ECHA urges 574 registrants of intermediates to improve the quality of their dossiers
- News Alert 11 May 2011 Companies should ensure that their registration dossiers for intermediates comply with REACH
Correct and consistent substance identification (SID) is the basis for all REACH processes. It is the obligation of each registrant to provide a detailed characterisation of the identity of the substance they manufacture or import; this responsibility cannot be solely on the lead of the joint submission in the substance information exchange forum (SIEF).
The annual progress reports on evaluation under REACH point to substance identification as one of the most frequent shortcomings in registrations submitted to the Agency. ECHA has therefore conducted an IT-based screening on required information elements for substance identity of all REACH registrations.
- e-News 09 April 2014ECHA targets substance identity – letters sent to companies with shortcomings in their registrations
- News Alert 11 December 2013 Is your substance identity information up-to-date?
- e-News 24 April 2013ECHA to check substance identity of REACH 2013 registrations