Helping the lead industry meet its EU and UK REACH obligations

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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2024 REACH General Assembly meetings

The next meeting of the Pb REACH Consortium General Assembly will take place on 12 June 2024, from 10h to 15h CEST. The meeting is scheduled to take place in person, in Brussels. An agenda has been issued to members, but please contact the Secretariat if you have any questions.

The Winter 2024 General Assembly is then scheduled to take place on 04 December 2024 and will be held as an online-only meeting. Timing tbc but will be within the window 10h to 15h CET.

General Assembly meetings provide an ideal opportunity for members to find out more about the progress of the Consortium’s extensive workplan, to discuss regulatory challenges affecting the Consortium and its substances, and to network with other member company representatives.

About 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.