REACH is a European Union regulation concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and restriction of Chemicals. It came into force in 2007 and replaced a number of European Directives and Regulations with a single system. Lead and lead compounds are subject to the provisions of REACH and the Lead REACH Consortium (Pb REACH Consortium) was established to help companies meet their obligations under this Regulation.
Following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, UK REACH took effect in Great Britain from 1 January 2021. The Pb REACH Consortium’s Steering Committee has agreed that ILA, as Consortium Secretariat, will additionally oversee the UK REACH registration process for the Consortium’s substances.
The Lead (Pb) REACH Consortium is a voluntary initiative managed by the International Lead Association (ILA). The Consortium represents a membership of more than 90 legal entities involved in the mining, smelting, refining and recycling of lead, as well as manufacturers of lead compounds and producers of lead-based automotive and industrial batteries.
As Secretariat to the Lead REACH Consortium, ILA is acting on behalf of the Lead Registrants for lead and several Pb substances for the purposes of REACH.
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Winter meeting of the Pb REACH Consortium General Assembly
The next meeting of the Pb REACH Consortium General Assembly will take place on 02 December 2021. COVID-permitting, the meeting will take place in person with an option to join via webinar. The meeting venue and times will be confirmed in due course.
General Assembly meetings provide an ideal opportunity for members to find out more about the progress of the Consortium’s extensive workplan, and to discuss regulatory challenges affecting the Consortium and its substances. During the meeting on 02 December, members will receive updates on key topics such as REACH Authorisation and Restriction, and the ongoing advocacy and communications campaign activities funded via member companies’ voluntary contributions.
An agenda will be issued nearer the time, but any members with specific topics they wish to be discussed should please contact the secretariat by 1 September 2021. Members intending to join the meeting should please contact the secretariat.
The International Lead Association (ILA) is the trusted global trade association for the lead industry and its member companies are at the forefront of the mining, smelting, refining and recycling of lead. ILA represents the producers of about 3 million tonnes of lead. The association is working towards a vision of a sustainable global lead industry that is recognised for the positive contribution it makes to society. ILA takes a leadership role in promoting responsible care and educating society about the benefits of lead for today’s and future generations. Recent studies have shown that lead-based batteries achieve a recycling rate of almost 100% in the EU and USA.