A press release published on February 14, 2014 by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) informs that the agency sent out legally binding letters to registrants of intermediates urging them to respond to inconsistencies found in their dossiers within a month. An IT screening revealed inconsistencies in 118 dossiers from 46 registrants, which might be non-compliant with the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) regulation. Registering intermediates produced by the industry under strictly controlled conditions is more straightforward and less expensive than the normal REACH registration process. Companies not meeting legal obligations will be prosecuted by national enforcement agencies. As a result of ECHA’s efforts on intermediates 2000 dossiers were updated. This activity is thought to improve safe applications of chemicals, and guarantees a level playing field for the European market. Furthermore, ECHA announced the release of a new version of the Dossier Quality Assistant later in February 2014. The updated tool supports the quality of registrations and improves the validation of information concerning intermediates. In addition, new checks on substance identity information is preformed by comparing them with other screening activities by ECHA.
ECHA (February 14, 2014). „Unresponsive registrants of intermediates obliged to give more information“