In a press release published on June 24, 2019, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced that the European Commission (EC) will propose to increase evaluation of REACH dossiers in each tonnage band from 5% to 20%. The agency aims to screen all registration dossiers “by 2023 for substances registered over 100 tonnes per year and by 2027 for substances in the tonnage band 1-100 tonnes per year.” Compliance checks will also be carried out for at least 30% of all substances, with checks to be done “for all substances where more information is needed.” Substances in the high tonnage band will be reviewed and identified by the end of the year 2020 as being either a priority for risk management, a priority for data generation, or a current low priority for further action.

The agency released another press release on June 25, 2019 announcing a pilot project to review the classification of chemical mixtures within the CLP Regulation. It will focus on detergents and cleaning products and work with stakeholders to identify how safety data sheets can be improved. ECHA also announced that it is preparing “a compilation of [enforcement] measures available to inspectors in their Member States” that “could be used by [them] to address non-compliance with dossier evaluation and to explore if ECHA could further support enforcement authorities in taking action when there is misuse of the evaluation process.”

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ECHA (June 24, 2019). “ECHA to scrutinise all REACH registrations by 2027.”

ECHA (June 25, 2019). “Enforcement Forum: inspectors to look into classification of mixtures.”

Luke Buxton (June 24, 2019). “Echa to screen all substance dossiers above 100 tonnes by 2023.” Chemical Watch

Luke Buxton (June 26, 2019). “EU inspectors to check classification of mixtures.Chemical Watch

Plast Europe (July 2, 2019). “ECHA seeks to improve compliance.