With successful registrations achieved for 26 substances, the Consortium’s registration activity is now focused on maintaining dossier quality and making updates to the existing registrations in light of new information.

Current activity

A key project was recently carried out to update the Lead REACH Consortium’s registration dossiers and Chemical Safety Reports in 2018. The updates were focused on a critical review of the available environmental effects data and the PNECs for freshwater, saltwater, sediment, and soil secondary poisoning.

Two additional identified uses were also reported in the dossier update for Pb metal; during 2019, the lifecycle descriptions for Pb and its compounds will continue to be reviewed.

The 2018 dossier updates also included the results of the Consortium’s latest employee blood lead survey, which covers the period 2013-2016. A new survey is underway in 2019, covering the period 2017-2018.

In October 2018, the Consortium signed a ‘Framework for Cooperation’ with the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), signalling its commitment to the Metals and Inorganics Sectorial Approach (MISA). MISA is a voluntary initiative established by ECHA and Eurometaux aiming to further improve the completeness and quality of REACH dossiers and to advance technical and scientific issues related to metal compounds and inorganic substances. In the first instance, the Consortium has committed to reviewing its read-across rationale document for human health and environmental endpoints; further relevant actions will be defined under the MISA rolling action plan throughout 2019 and 2020.

As part of its MISA commitment and in light of extensive work under the remit of the Eurometaux Intermediates Taskforce, the Lead REACH Consortium is also actively engaged in a project to refine the substance identity profiles (SIPs) for its UVCBs.

What is Registration?

REACH Registration is a duty placed on manufacturers and importers of substances at one tonne and above per year per legal entity. In order to register, such companies must have detailed information on the composition of their substance, its uses, and on its hazard properties; the amount of information required on hazards increases with increasing tonnage band (1-10 tpy, 10-100 tpy, 100-1000 tpy, >1000 tpy).

To reduce the testing burden, particularly on vertebrate animals, data sharing is required by REACH. For each substance, a ‘Lead Registrant’ submits shared information on behalf of all ‘co-registrants’ of the same substance; in a minority of cases a registrant may opt out of this joint submission of shared data, provided that this action is justified in accordance with the legislation.

 To facilitate the registration and assessment of risks in supply chain uses, downstream users may provide information to their suppliers.

As a consequence of registration, improved information on hazards and risks and how to manage them is available to registrants which must be passed down their supply chain to downstream and end users.

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