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.

Change of Lead Registrant for Manganese-231-105-1

This is a memorandum, to inform all SIEF members/ REACH joint Registrants for Manganese - 231-105-1, that the Lead Registrant South32 will be resigning  from its responsibilitty as Lead registrant by the end of this month. Haven been Lead Registrant since 2010, South32 has worked tirelessly with MARA to ensure a fair registration for all joint registrants and  ensured that the information inherent in the dossiers are supported by studies and expert judgement/analysis in the absence of studies. 

With a new business scheme where significant quantities of manganese either in metal or alloys forms are not marketted in the EU, South32's resignation was accepted by the Consortium Board and a proposal was put forth for Ore & Metal Company to take over the lead registrant responsibilities. 

To this end, any SIEF members that object to this change or to this proposed new Lead Registrant should do so by writing an objection letter while proposing another legal entity as lead registrant.

Send all objections and proposals to reach@manganese.org by Friday, 20th February (close of business).

In the absence of any objections, MARA looks forward to working with Ore & Metal Company Ltd.

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