Nearly 850 REACH dossiers submitted to Echa by the 31 May deadline are yet to be granted registration numbers, the agency said.
Echa finished its check on the completeness of each registration On 31 August. It has to do this within three months of the deadline if the registration for an existing (phase-in) substance was submitted in the two months before the 31 May cut off.
A total of 32,515 dossiers out of 33,363 submitted by that date have received registration numbers, according to the latest statistics. They cover 10,708 chemicals manufactured or imported in quantities of between 1 and 100 tonnes/year.
The remaining 848 dossiers “still lack information”, Echa said. The agency is now waiting for companies to update them before it can grant registration numbers.
These include 477 cases where companies faced “exceptional circumstances” as defined by the REACH Directors’ Contact Group (DCG). When submitting their dossier these companies applied for a DCG solution and were granted an extension.
The “vast majority” of companies have submitted complete dossiers, the agency said, adding it expects to conclude on all pending cases by May 2019. It has so far rejected around 1% of the 2018 dossiers, in addition to those awaiting registration numbers.
The dossiers awaiting registration numbers cover around 406 substances, according to data disclosed on 1 June that showed 11,114 substances were registered.
Echa has published the non-confidential data of 99.7% of all completed registrations on its website. The rest are expected online shortly after they have been fully processed, the agency said.
Echa has received a “steady flow” of dossiers after 31 May, it said, including some linked to the 2018 deadline for the 1-100 tonnage band. These are not included in the final figures.
Some may be submissions by latecomers that have missed the deadline. “If this is the case”, it said, “companies are reminded that they can only continue to manufacture or import their substance after they have received the registration number”.
The precise number of latecomers is not yet known. However, Echa said it receives around 400 submissions each week – roughly half of which are new submissions covering 150 substances on average. Echa said some of these could be from companies that have missed the deadline or from new market entrants.
The agency said it will process the late registrations and the completeness check of these dossiers will be done within three weeks.