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.
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 be held on 2nd December 2020. Given the potential for future travel and/or meeting restrictions in light of COVID-19, a decision on whether to hold the meeting General Assembly in person or only via webinar will be taken after the summer. If a face-to-face meeting is feasible, the Secretariat will also look to offer webinar facilities for those members unable to attend in person.
Members intending to participate in the meeting should please inform the Secretariat by 25 November 2020. Proposals for agenda items should be sent to the Secretariat by 7 September.
The International Lead Association 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 99% in the EU and USA.