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ECHA evaluation report for year 2014 published

April 7th, 2015

ECHA summary for the year 2014 – ‘Evaluation under REACH Progress Report 2014’ – is now available on the ECHA website. The annual report includes useful summaries of the status, statistics and developments in the past year and highlights important issues to registrants, regulatory stakeholders and consumers.

The report in 2014 shows a change of balance compared to previous years. The document focusses on reporting the status of ECHA’s reviewing activities (with some brief text boxes presenting tips on the process, or advice to registrants and SIEFs). The section setting out messages to registrants on good practice and technical aspects  in the registration submissions is shorter than before, and the key messages are provided separately through the various forms of Guidance, webinars etc. which have been cross-referenced.

The report presents a useful round up of findings from the different ‘evaluation’ programmes (testing proposal examination; CoRAP programme; compliance checking). The majority of the requirements in compliance checks are associated with CSR exposure work and substance identity/composition issues. The report notes good co-operation between registrants in the area of responding jointly to address comments, and calls for increased joint work between registrants to achieve consistency in classification and labelling.

The need for increased transparency is highlighted several times in the report, particularly regarding the compliance checking process. This ties in with the announcement by ECHA earlier in the year that lists of substances that have been prioritised for compliance checks will from now on be made public in advance of the procedure, to allow registrants to submit updates prior to the compliance check proceeding.

Among the messages to registrants on technical approach, the report emphasises the following important topics:

– Clarity on the identity and exact composition of the registered substance
– Adequacy and clarity on property information and hazard data, with appropriate use of handbook or predicted values
– Adaptation of standard requirements
– Realism, consistency and explanation when defining risk management measures in exposure models.

A useful summary of new developments of tools and guidance was also provided.

As in the past, the Evaluation Reports gives valuable insights into ECHA’s perspective and current priorities, with a clear overview for the registrants. All reports published to date are available on ECHA’s website here.