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.

2019 Accomplishments thus far…

Registration Dossiers:

Since the start of the year, MARA has updated the following 5 dossiers based on new data availability, compliance checks request, changes to CLP adaptations, new ECHA guidance documents and more:

Trimanganese tetraoxide (EC :215-266-5; Cas :1317-35-7)
Manganese (EC: 231-105-1; Cas: 7439-96-5)
Manganese dichloride (EC: 231-869-6; Cas:7773-01-5)
Manganese sulphate (EC:232-089-9; Cas:7785-87-7)
Manganese dinitrate (EC:233-828-8; Cas:10377-66-9)

All of the above registration dossiers saw changes in classification and labelling - see updated CLP notification documents. The updated documents emanating from these submissions include – updated chemical safety reports, new uses, updated exposure scenarios and updated classifications necessary for CLP notifications and Safety Data Sheets. The above-mentioned REACH-necessary documents have been provided to all SIEF members whose financial obligations are up-to-date.

Other minor dossier work was carried out on MnCO3 and Ferromanganese slag in relation to testing proposals/liaising with ECHA. 


A technical working group (TWG) meeting took place in March and a General Assembly (GA) meeting took place in May. While the TWG meeting focussed on dossier compliances and strategies for 2019, the GA meeting focused on reimbursement in alignment with the data-sharing regulation 2016/9, Mara's stand on Brexit and sharing data as well the threats surrounding the possible stringent classifications for some Mn-based substances.

SIEF Communication:

The secretariat reached out to all SIEF's/co-registrants regarding dossier updates and updated documents. The memo also informed the co-registrants of the following:

1) All communications moving forward will be via the consortium's website, hence co-registrants were encouraged to visit the website monthly

2) All future work on registration will be paid for by SIEF's before the work begins. This will also allow co-registrants to be more hands-on on decisions related to testing. Invoices will no longer be retrospective

3) All co-registrants were encouraged to update their dossiers with the new information provided but also in accordance with one of  ECHA's communiqué encouraging registrants to update their dossiers at least every 2-3 years

While 2019 has been very busy thus far, we still anticipate more work related to compliance checks as we await 3 final decisions from ECHA relating to long term reproductive studies. To this end, we encourage all SIEF/Co-registrants to reach out to the consortium with questions related to REACH/CLP and their registration updates.





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