In an article published on November 6, 2018, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) sent a clear message to chemical companies: “Keep your registration up to date.” ECHA reminded that “[r]egistering your chemicals under REACH is not a one-off exercise” and that “[y]our registration has to reflect the most up-to-date knowledge on how a substance can be used safely at production sites and through the supply chain all the way down to the end user.” ECHA highlights its message and the legal requirements in a short video and also provides practical advice on dossier updates and recommendations to registrants on its website.

A study published in August 2018 by the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) and the German Environment Agency (UBA) found that only about 30% of registration dossiers for high production volume chemicals were compliant with REACH safety data requirements (FPF reported). As a consequence, the European Parliament held a debate on the insufficient implementation of REACH in October 2018 and called for more efficient dossier evaluations and stricter enforcement (FPF reported).

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ECHA (November 6, 2018). “Keep your registration up to date.

Robert Hodgson (November 6, 2018). “Chemicals regulator launches REACH compliance drive.ENDS Europe