With only three months remaining to the final REACH registration deadline of 31st May 2018, many companies should now be making their final preparations to submit their registration dossier(s) to the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA).

Under REACH, any company manufacturing or importing (from outside the EU) a substance, on its own or in a mixture, at greater than one tonne per annum, may have registration duties.Such companies have to prove that their chemicals can be used safely by documenting their properties, uses and conditions for safe use in a registration dossier and submitting this to ECHA.

So far, companies across Europe submitted information on almost 17,000 of the most hazardous and high tonnage chemicals for the previous deadlines in 2010 and 2013.The last deadline,31st May 2018, concerns substances manufactured or imported at between 1 and 100 tonnes per annum.

Due to the lower tonnage threshold, it is expected that this last deadline may concern SMEs in particular. It may pose a particular challenge to these SMEs, as many of them may have had little interactions with ECHA to date and may have limited regulatory experience.

Companies are reminded that they can use IUCLID cloud to prepare their registration dossiers on line without the need for local software installation.This should remove the need to have expertise in IUCLID, an issue faced previously by many smaller companies.

Further information on IUCLID cloud, including guidance, tutorials and webinars, is available on the ECHA website at the following link: https://www.echa.europa.eu/-/iuclid-cloud-now-guides-your-dossier-preparation.

Potential registrants are also reminded that if they find themselves in exceptional circumstances that will prevent them from registering on time, they should contact ECHA ahead of the deadline.

Further details on this are also available on the ECHA website at the following link:https://www.echa.europa.eu/-/helping-registrants-in-exceptional-cases.

Finally, we all need to remember that the May 31st deadline will have an impact on Irish companies, either directly, if they do not register their chemicals required to be registered by the deadline, or indirectly, if their supplier does not register,thus impacting their supply chain. If a chemical that requires registration is not registered, then it cannot be manufactured or imported into the EU after 1 June 2018.

For all the latest news on REACH 2018, please visit the ECHA dedicated webpages https://echa.europa.eu/reach-2018 If you have any questions or concerns about the last registration deadline, then please email the Health and Safety Authority’s chemicals helpdesk at chemicals@hsa.ie.

Source: HSA