The final registration deadline under the Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals (REACH) Regulation will take place on 31 May 2018. Firms manufacturing or importing substances in low volumes, between 1 and 100 tonnes per year, are being urged by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) to start preparations for registration.
The registration process requires these firms to collect information on substance properties and their uses and assess how workers, consumers and the environment are exposed to these substances. Companies have to document this information in registration dossiers.
ECHA is planning to publish a registration roadmap later this year, which will outline the steps it will undertake between now and 2018, including its communication campaign and the support it will deliver. Certain guidance documents will be reviewed and IT tools are expected to be improved. ECHA will be holding a preliminary workshop with UK SMEs in London in mid-December as part of its preparations. The European Commission is also exploring ways to embed fairness in data-sharing after seeing a number of uncompetitive practices among coregistrants for some substances. Expect communication to start ramping up from next year.
For more information on the final registration under REACH see here.