The European Chemical Agency (ECHA) has recently released details of the May 28, 2018 Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) Regulation deadline for registering existing substances manufactured or imported in quantities from 1 to 100 tonnes per year.

According to the ECHA press release:

  • By the registration deadline, 5,435 companies submitted 33,363 registration dossiers to ECHA.
  • In the 1-100 tonnes per year range, 10,708 substances were registered, 7,462 of which are first-time registrants.
  • Registrations were received from 28 EU Member States and three European Economic Area (EEA) countries, with the greatest amount coming from Germany (26 percent).

Total Registrations by company size:

  • 16 percent of successfully completed REACH registrations were submitted by small or medium-sized companies.
  • 84 percent were submitted by large companies.
  • 28 percent of the registrations were by representatives of a non-EU company.
  • 48 percent were made by importers (including manufacturers).
  • Approximately 1 percent of 2018 REACH dossiers have been rejected.

Most Frequently Registered Substances:

  • Ethanol (214)                                                             
  • Propane-1,2-diol (168)
  • Silicon dioxide (137)                           
  • Titanium dioxide (130)                                         
  • Lavender, Lavandula hybrida, ext (120)                
  • Propan-2-ol (106)                                                
  • Aluminium (105)                                                    
  • Sodium hydroxide (103)                                       
  • Styrene (101)                                                         
  • Ethane-1,2-diol (100)                                                
  • Calcium dihydroxide (92)                                        
  • Lavender, Lavandula angustifolia, ext. (90)           
  • Methanol (90)                                                         
  • Ethylene (88)                                                        
  • Aluminium oxide (84)                                               

Not included in the final figures are submissions by latecomers who missed the May 31 deadline. While the vast majority of companies were able to submit complete dossiers, ECHA expects to conclude pending cases by May 2019.

Companies are reminded that they can only continue to manufacture or import their substance after they have received the registration number.

Where compliance is concerned, data quality, integrity and security are paramount. It is essential that an organization can produce operational data of sufficient completeness, validity, accuracy and granularity in order to prove compliance with regulatory mandates.

Assent’s REACH Solution helps companies meet their regulatory requirements by automatically gathering, validating and centralizing data from supply chains regarding substances of very high concern (SVHCs).

To learn more about how Assent can help you streamline your supply chain data collection to meet REACH requirements, contact us today.

Dr. Raj Takhar
Regulatory & Sustainability Expert, Product Sustainability

Raj helps companies meet their product compliance challenges in an ever-changing regulatory landscape. He specializes in product compliance, chemical reporting, and program implementation in Europe.

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