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REACH data compliance needs to improve

ECHA has published its annual evaluation report, delivering updated statistics on evaluated substances and registration dossiers, and giving advice to registrants on how to improve the information they provide on chemicals.

In 2018, ECHA checked the compliance of 286 registrations, most of which focused on substances of potential concern. ECHA verifies key information requirements which allow authorities to identify if the substance is carcinogenic, mutagenic and reprotoxic; or persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic. In 211 cases, the Agency has asked registrants for further information to show that the substance is used safely. ECHA has also examined 198 testing proposals. Altogether, the Agency adopted 274 final decisions, in which 888 different information requests were asked.

The numbers show a similar picture to previous years – in the majority of registration dossiers that ECHA checks, important safety information is missing. After ECHA’s request, most registrants update their dossiers with compliant information.

In 2018, ECHA and the Member State authorities progressed 114 substance evaluations. ECHA issued 27 new draft decisions and adopted 21 substance evaluation decisions consisting of 63 requests for further information to clarify concerns.

Based on the evaluation outcomes and observations, ECHA has published recommendations on how registrants can improve their dossiers.