REACH Registration: Get Ready for the Next Deadline
To comply with REACH regulations, companies have until May 31, 2018 to register the chemicals they sell in quantities up to 100 tonnes. Because this latest registration deadline affects smaller tonnages, there are potentially many more chemicals that still need to be registered. You should start the registration process now so you have enough time to work through the process.
“For example, laboratories who do the toxicity testing are almost at capacity already, and they are currently allocating time slots,” says Dr. Sandra Meijer, director of business development at The REACH Centre. “You might not be able to get your testing done when you wanted. You might have to wait.” Companies face fines if they fail to miss the registration deadline. Worse, they may lose access to the European market.
Meijer will review the requirements of a successful registration during EU REACH: The 2018 registration deadline. Why act now!, a presentation at Stewardship 2016. She’ll share timelines, along with potential obstacles that that might delay the process.
For instance, a newly issued regulation affects the way companies share data when co-registering a chemical. “When several companies have the same chemical, they have to share costs for the data collection. In the past, that wasn’t regulated tightly. It was left to industry,” says Meijer. “In some cases, the costs were high and it was not clear why. They decided to put a regulation in place to make the process optimal, so there is transparency in terms of cost.”
If you haven’t started the process yet, getting in touch with co-registrants is the first step. If another company has already volunteered to be the lead registrant, your role will be different than if you’re the lead. If nobody has volunteered, then you must decide if you want to become the lead and determine the costs associated with registration. “The alternative is, if nobody registers the chemical, then the product cannot be made or imported into the EU in amounts greater than 1 tonne per year,” says Meijer.