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Echa to send 2017 substance evaluation drafts in June

Echa will send draft decisions on information requests for 15 substances to registrants for comment in June rather than April. This is to allow them to finalise preparations for the REACH 2018 submission deadline of 31 May, the agency says. It expects to liaise with up to 200 registrants.

Meanwhile, registrants of ammonium 2,3,3,3-tetrafluoro-2-(heptafluoropropoxy)propanoate, will receive a draft decision for commenting this month. Echa says it has informed those affected in advance and specified reasons.

It recommends one representative sends consolidated comments on behalf of all addressed registrants of a substance. The agency says its new practical guide on how to act in substance evaluation can provide registrants with further advice for commenting on the draft decisions.

It will send draft decisions for comments to all registrants of the substance, including those who have by that date submitted a registration that is not yet complete in the submission pipeline. Registrants of transported isolated intermediates are also included, but those registrants of on-site isolated intermediates will not receive draft decisions for commenting, it adds.

In 2017, EU member states evaluated 22 substances listed in the Community rolling action plan (Corap). In six cases, the assessor concluded that no further data was needed.

Conclusion documents with possible indications for further regulatory action will be published on Echa’s website “in due course”, the agency says.

Registrants will have 30 days to submit their comments.