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 to update the Consortium’s Chemical Safety Reports is underway. The Consortium is carrying out a review of the available environmental effects data and the PNECs for freshwater, saltwater, sediment, and soil secondary poisoning. Consequent changes to exposure scenarios will be made in the dossiers and in the Consortium’s SDS templates.

The dossier updates will also include the results of the Consortium’s latest employee blood lead survey, which covers the period 2013-2016.

From 2018, the Consortium will introduce refined substance identity profiles (SIPs) for the Consortium’s UVCBs, in light of extensive work under the remit of the Eurometaux Intermediates Taskforce.

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.

Find out more about Registration.