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 2020, the lifecycle descriptions for Pb and its compounds will continue to be reviewed.

Dossier updates in progress for lead metal and the Consortium’s lead compounds. The results of the Consortium’s latest employee blood lead survey will be used to update the exposure scenarios in the Chemical Safety Reports to cover the period 2015-2018 and dossier improvements in light of the Consortium’s MISA commitments will be incorporated.

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, and to improve dossier quality and consistency, where required, for lead metal and lead compounds. As part of its MISA commitment, the Lead REACH Consortium is also actively engaged in a project to refine the substance identity profiles (SIPs) for its UVCBs, a project that will continue into 2020. Further relevant actions will be defined under the MISA rolling action plan during 2020 in collaboration with Eurometaux.

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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