The next step in mapping potentially harmful chemicals to evaluate all registered substances by 2027.
The main source of information on chemicals is substance registration dossier submitted under REACH registration. ECHA has created a mapping tool for all registered substances where each substance is assigned to the appropriate category pool. ECHA’s goal is to review by 2027 all registered chemicals above 1 tonne per year, assign them to the appropriate category pool and evaluate the further regulatory action of each substance (or group of substances).
In 2021, ECHA assessed 250 high-tonnage substances, which so far had not been assigned any pool, taking the next step towards achieving the set goal. For the group of substances registered in the range of 1-100 tonnes, only 1300 chemicals remained not assigned to any group.
In 2021 ECHA assessed in total 1900 chemicals and made a categorization based on further regulatory needs for each substance. The results were as follows:
- 300 were classified for further risk management
- 800 requires more registration data for risk assessment
- 800 requires no further action
A new pool called “regulatory needs assessment” has also been introduced to show which substances are undergoing a group assessment.
In December 2021, ECHA published batch of the group assessments. This should bring entrepreneurs closer to ECHA’s activities and to enable anticipation of further steps that the committee plans to take in the future, as well as to develop a plan for replacing harmful substances with safer alternatives.
On the ECHA website you will find the full list of substances with the assigned category pool, or information on: whether the substance is subject to further regulatory needs, whether the evaluation has already been completed or is under development. For each substance, the table also shows the evaluating authority, the problem, status and suggested follow-up, and the date when the listing was last updated.
The results of the assessment are a key issue for entrepreneurs as they can affect:
- inclusion of a substance in the authorization list
- restrictions on the use of certain substances, including ED substances
- the need to update REACH registration
The annual report of ECHA’s integrated regulatory strategy, to be published later this year, will include a thorough analysis of the mapping process and the suggested regulatory actions.
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