ECHA has delivered the updated statistics on evaluated substances and registration dossiers and given advice to registrants on how to improve the information they provide on chemicals in its annual evaluation report.
The compliance status of 286 registrations was checked in 2018. The compliance check mainly 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.
114 substance evaluations were also progressed in 2018. 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.
Every year, ECHA publishes the annual statistics about the progress made in evaluation, according to the Article 54 of REACH.
For the first time, the Evaluation Progress Report has not been published as a standalone report, but instead the statistics on the progress made in dossier and substance evaluation have been made available online along with recommendations to registrants.
ECHA’s Integrated Regulatory Strategy report, to be published in April, will provide further statistics and information on the impact of evaluation work.