ECHA to Publish Additional Information on Chemical Substances
18 September 2012
From November the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) will
make more information from registration dossiers, including the
names of registrants, available on its website.
Until recently, ECHA has been reluctant to
release the names of registrants, in part due to concerns voiced by
the industry that the move could aid overseas competitors
attempting to gain entry to the European market. In March 2011,
ECHA decided against releasing the names and contact details of
In May 2011, ECHA came under legal pressure
from environmental groups to make the information on registered
chemicals fully public. Earlier this year, ECHA announced the
disclosure of information on substance tonnage bands, one of the
central demands of the organisations, and updated the IUCLID
software to better facilitate the dissemination of substance
information: see our previous
The announcement in July of the release of new
material represents another step towards the full disclosure of
safety data information. Disclosure by ECHA of information from the
registration dossiers will be done within the framework of Article
119(2)d of REACH, which calls for the online publication of
substances' Safety Data Sheet information, and Article 5 of the
Aarhus Convention, obliging public authorities to actively
disseminate environmental information in their possession.
Information to be made available will include, for the first time,
the name of the registrant (the manufacturer or importer) and the
registration number of the substance, unless successfully claimed
Other information to be made public in the
coming disclosure includes new Safety Data Sheet Information on the
PBT ('Persistent, Bioaccumulative and Toxic') and vPvB ('very
Persistent and very Bioaccumulative') assessments of substances.
ECHA is requesting that registrants ensure the information is
complete in time for publication.
From November onwards, ECHA will publish all Safety Data Sheet
information that has not been claimed confidential. Companies
wishing to request confidentiality on these items are required by
ECHA to update their dossiers and justify their requests for
confidential treatment. The deadline for the submission of
confidentiality requests has been set for 31 October 2012.
For more information, please contact us.