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

Manganese (EC: 231-105-1; Cas: 7439-96-5)


Submitted in 2010, with no testing proposals, manganese has not undergone any aspect of the REACH evaluation process to date.

However, reviews to align the dossier with the ever-changing CLP adaptations has triggered Transformation Dissolution Protocol (TDp) testing for the purposes of environmental classification of fines/massives. The testing completed in by year end 2017 concluded that Mn fines at particle sizes <45 micron will be classified as Chronic cat 2 for the environment.  A spontaneous update of the dossier is part of the 2018 work plan. 

ECHA's soft letter dated 22 January 2018 sent to all Mn registrants http://consortium.manganese.org/news/article/four-manganese-substances-short-listed-by-the-echa-as-substances-of-potenti triggered a dossier update with a focus on reproductive toxicity endpoints. The lead dossier was updated to align with ECHA's request and submitted on February 16th, 2018


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