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.

Eurometaux and ECHA agree REACH data cooperation framework

Registration dossier gaps to be addressed by 2020 under this new relationship. ECHA and trade body Eurometaux have agreed on a framework to identify shortcomings in REACH and CLP information for metal compounds and inorganic substances by the end of 2020.

The Metals and Inorganics Sectorial approach (MISA), a two-year voluntary agreement, will also address outstanding technical and scientific issues that the sector faces.

The MISA general rolling action plan comprises a gradual and planned improvement of the compliance, quality and understanding of the metals/inorganics REACH registration dossiers.

There is an abundance of data on metals and metal compounds and many have been under "substantial" regulatory scrutiny, a joint press release says. However, there is also a large group for which data needs improvement. 

The MISA will also seek resolutions for outstanding technical and methodological issues – including those under the CLP Regulation – that will make hazard, risk assessment and risk management of metals and inorganics more relevant.

"By addressing issues such as environmental classification and the use of read across, we can work towards updated registration dossiers and additional data generation," Guy Thiran, director general of Eurometaux, said.

 ECHA and the European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic) also signed a joint statement agreeing to work together on the effective implementation of REACH.

While the Mn consortium believes and supports effective dossier updates, it goes without saying that such collaboration frameworks will increase the work associated to dossier updates, testing, risk assessment, classifcation and labelling (to name but a few), which will inturn increase cost/expenses associated to each lead dossier. More information on this framework can be obtained from the ECHA and Eurometaux website - Links below:






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