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Cefic launches Action Plan to help REACH registrants review chemical safety data

In June 2019 the European chemical industry launched an unprecedented action to proactively and systematically review and update data in previously submitted REACH registration dossiers. This initiative comes in response to the recent conclusion by the European Chemicals Agency that many REACH registration dossiers require additional information.

To this end Cefic has developed a multi-annual Action Plan, which provides a framework for REACH registrants to evaluate the safety data in a stepwise manner. The Action Plan outlines the timeline, roles and responsibilities, substance prioritisation criteria, critical issues, and explains how progress will be reported.

The goal of the Action Plan is to achieve a better alignment between the data that have been submitted in good faith by registrants and ECHA’s current expectations on the content of dossiers. Since there is no ‘perfect REACH dossier’ template and every case is different, the Action Plan will be implemented in cooperation with ECHA.

The Action Plan Package consists of the following elements:

  • Declaration of Intent: signed by individual companies,whereby companies express their intent to re-evaluate dossiers and to provide further information, where appropriate, in line with the Action Plan. Companies also commit to report to Cefic on KPIs so that Cefic can report on progress on an annual basis. To that effect, a reporting template has been developed.
  • Cooperation Agreement between Cefic and ECHA: outlines a series of specific activities to support the implementation of this Action Plan and guide registrants to a better understanding of how to meet ECHA’s expectations under Article 41 of REACH (‘Compliance Check’).

The Action Plan will run between 2019-2026, allowing for one year of planning and setting-up and seven years of actual updates.