Community rolling action plan
The Community rolling action plan (CoRAP) prioritises substances for evaluation over a period of three years. The evaluation aims to clarify a concern that the manufacture and/or use of these substances could pose a risk to human health or the environment. Those substances subject to immediate evaluation are listed in the first year of the plan.
ECHA updates the plan annually in March to advance the planning for one further year and to add new substances. This includes the revision of the already listed substances as well as their timing in the respective year of the previous plan. A Member State may notify a substance at any time for inclusion when it has information suggesting that this substance is a priority for evaluation. ECHA includes this substance in the next annual update.
ECHA and the Member States developed risk-based criteria for the selection of substances for the CoRAP.
The selection criteria covers hazard information (potential persistency, bioaccumulation and toxicity (PBT), endocrine disruption, or carcinogenicity, mutagenicity and toxicity to reproduction (CMR)), exposure information including exposure potential based on uses, and total registered volumes. ECHA uses hazard and exposure related criteria in combination to provide a risk-based approach.
Member States contribute to the development of the CoRAP by proposing substances for inclusion according to Article 45 of REACH. They use risk-based criteria as agreed with ECHA.
Member States and ECHA will only include substances in the CoRAP where a request for further information may help to clarify the initial concern for that substance.
Beyond that, capacities of the Member States may influence the year of inclusion of a given substance in the CoRAP.
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 name, the evaluating Member State and the tentative assessment year. ECHA publishes the draft CoRAP every autumn on its website. The Member State Committee is then requested to provide its opinion on the draft CoRAP.
ECHA adopts the CoRAP update based on the opinion of the Member State Committee. It indicates the concerns for each substance as well as the Member State that will carry out the evaluation.
From the date of publication of the CoRAP update, the designated Member States have one year to evaluate such substances as specified for the first (or current) year of the CoRAP and, where necessary, prepare a draft decision for requesting further information from registrants of the respective substance to clarify the identified concerns (potential risks).
For information on the further steps of the process, please consult the page ‘Evaluation process’.