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Focus on Soil and Sediment Endpoints in REACH

October 14th, 2013

It has become clear that ECHA is casting a critical eye over how soil and sediment endpoints have been dealt with in chemical safety assessment in higher-level registrations for REACH. This could result in the need for many registrants to re-visit their dossiers and strengthen the scientific approach taken to cover the assessment of soil and sediment endpoints. This might be through a voluntary update or following a notice of non-compliance from ECHA. Whereas on the human health side exposure-based arguments are not acceptable drivers for devising the testing strategy, on the environment side, inclusion of exposure and risk characterisation can help define the approach for carrying out soil and sediment studies. An expert approach to exposure and risk allows for time- and cost-effective planning leading to successful registration with minimal burden of major revisions or additional testing. PFA is collaborating with Dr. U. Noack Laboratories in order to provide joint consultancy on strategic planning of soil and sediment testing, and to make amendments which are necessary in order to comply with ECHA’s requirements.