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New Year 2015 and REACH-Related Forecasts

January 7th, 2015

In the year 2015 it will be important for smaller companies to commit to action for the 2018 REACH deadline for substances up to 100 tonnes per year (phase 3).  Testing to support phase 1 and phase 2 registrations is still in full swing, and the best laboratory facilities are becoming fully booked for tests for both environmental and toxicology endpoints. PFA provides services in study planning and monitoring, as well as strategic help with REACH registrations.

The European CHemicals Agency (ECHA) is expected to be very active in implementation of the European Commission’s Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) Roadmap to 2020, which entails data gathering, screening and Risk Management Options (RMOs) for SVHCs. More detailed information on the roadmap is to be expected on the ECHA website, in order to meet the objective of establishing a predictable plan which defines the relevant information to the public.

It will be interesting to see how ECHA will evaluate exposure models in association with the RMOs of the SVHC roadmap. ECHA has been somewhat quieter on the topic than it has on properties of substances. With an increased number of SVHCs that may require authorisation, renewed focus on the substitution of hazardous chemicals with non-hazardous alternatives can be expected. Accordingly, the New Year will see with it the development of PFA’s green chemistry initiative, Envision Chemistry, which gives R&D input to the industry need for substances that do not pose a hazard for human health and the environment.

Finally, while REACH related activity is an important PFA focus of 2015, we are also active in other areas, which we look forward to telling you more about in future news items on our website.