2021 GA Meeting May 12th, 14:00-15:30



The 2020 GA meeting which normally takes place in May was postponed to November 4th due to the global pandemic. The November 4th meeting which was virtual saw 20 attendees and lasted an hour as most of the GA mandated task/decisions were addressed by way of votes prior to the meeting. Chaired by Interim Chairman Dr Bernd Friede, the meeting though brief was effective with some key decisions taken as follows:

Some highlights:

  • Executive Committee: A new Executive team was endorsed with the 2nd Vice-Chairman becoming the Chairman and Secretary General maintained to ensure continuity
  • Non-EU letter of Access Fees: Letter of Access fees and administration fees for non-EU REACH-Like regulations per substance, per legal entity for non-MARA members was established
  • Members involvement in Non-EU regulations: MARA members wishing to register substances in non-EU REACH-like regulations will only pay administration fees as they own the data generated by MARA
  • Technical update: Three dossiers updated this year lead to a new classification for manganese based UVCB’s
  • 2020 Workplan and budget were ratified in Q1, 2020 via round robin votes.
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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