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October 26, 2023

ECHA Finds REACH Registrations in Breach of Update Requirement

Lynn L. Bergeson

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced on September 27, 2023, that it carried out two campaigns during 2021-2023 to remind companies of their obligation to keep their Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) registrations up to date. According to ECHA, 57 of the 689 screened registrations, from 50 companies in 11 European Union (EU) member states, are still in breach of the update requirements under REACH Article 22. ECHA states that it reported these registrations to the national enforcement authorities for further action.

According to ECHA, its first campaign focused on 148 registrations of substances of very high concern (SVHC) on the REACH Authorization List. ECHA requested that registrants of these SVHCs verify if the uses reported in their registrations were up to date and reflected the current uses in their supply chains. ECHA states that four registrations were brought to the attention of the national enforcement authorities, and 30 companies “indicated that they had ceased all manufacture and import of the substance.”

The second campaign focused on substances that have an EU-wide harmonized classification and labeling under the Classification, Labelling and Packaging Regulation (CLP). According to ECHA, the campaign targeted 541 registrations that did not comply with the harmonized classification. After ECHA contacted the companies, 488 of these registrations were updated or the company indicated a cease of manufacture or import. ECHA sent 53 cases to the national enforcement authorities. ECHA notes that industry associations helped raise awareness among their members during the final months of the campaign.