2019 GA meeting May 8 in Madrid


The 2018 GA meeting which took place on Thursday 3 May 2018 in Brugge, Belgium saw an increase in attendance from 2017. Hosted by Prince-Erachem, the meeting which lasted 5 hours saw several deliberations related to the last REACH deadline and its consequences thereafter including the possible re-structuring of the consortium.  Some key decisions taken by way of vote are as follows:

Some highlights:

  • Future structure of Mara: A more streamline structure to be established if the organisation is to continue functioning infinitely or in the event of a complete closure its mandate and members to be incorporated within the Mn trade association –The IMnI. Discussions are still on-going  
  • Collaboration: A clearly defined pathway for collaboration between Mara and the IMnI was established
  • Data-sharing Regulation: Approval of the reimbursement structure (to be executed in phases) in accordance with regulation 2016/9
  • Approval of the 2018 workplan and budget
Expert Review of Existing Data

Expert Review of Existing Data

The EU's REACH Regulation requires the use of existing data that is both relevant and reliable. Recital 17 states: “All available and relevant information on substances on their own, in preparations. and in articles should be collected to assist in identifying hazardous properties." Annex VI Step 1 states: "The registrant should gather all existing available test data on the substance to be registered...this would include a literature search for relevant information on the substance". Further, the ECHA Guidance on Registration ( states: “The registrant must perform a thorough, reliable, and well-documented information gathering”.

The Manganese REACH Consortium (MARA) completed a thorough review of the relevant published scientific literature, including information provided from SIEF where available. The analysis is presented as a series of peer-reviewed "expert reports" that aim to critically evaluate the existing data on the potential impacts of manganese and associated inorganic substances.

Each report contains the collective view of an international group of experts. The completion of each report follows a clearly defined process:

  • Literature search using appropriate databases and search terms (detailed in each report)
  • Evaluation of data and drafting by a specialist(s)
  • Review of draft report by a group of scientists
  • Peer-review by an expert(s) in the said field
  • Finalisation of the report

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