ECHA: "Information on chemicals still has to improve"

ECHA’s annual progress report on evaluation under REACH includes this time also a 10 years overview: safety information on chemicals is improving, but more still needs to be done.

Since 2008, ECHA has checked the compliance of 1 952 registrations, most of them with suspected data gaps. In the vast majority of cases, important safety information on chemicals was missing – mostly related to pre-natal developmental toxicity, mutagenicity or genotoxicity, reproduction toxicity and long-term aquatic toxicity. Overall, ECHA has issued 2 586 information requests to registrants.

In 2017, ECHA checked the compliance of 222 registrations, most of them on substances of potential concern. In 151 cases, the Agency requested further information that is essential for demonstrating the safe use of the substance.

Bjorn Hansen, ECHA’s Executive Director says: “Evaluation activities play an important role in improving the safety of chemicals in Europe. We will continue our efforts to ensure that industry has the data they need to safely use their substances. This also improves safety for consumers. Industry needs to keep updating their dossiers, taking into account new information related to tonnages, uses, exposure and hazard information.”

Currently, ECHA carries out 300-350 follow-up evaluations each year to see whether registrants have provided the data required in the Agency’s decisions. By focusing on substances of potential concern, ECHA also considers the need for further risk management measures. Since 2013, based on dossier evaluation, ECHA has flagged 73 substances for potential harmonised classification.



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