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.

It’s all about 2020

Strategic approach to internal chemicals management (SAICM):  Implementation towards the achievement of the 2020 goal:

Six core activity areas have been identified towards the achievement of the overall 2020 goal

 Integrated Regulatory Strategy - Meeting the 2020 goals of the world summit:

Based on the first years of experience in implementing REACH and CLP regulatory processes, ECHA developed an integrated regulatory strategy, which coherently brings all the processes together to achieve the aims of these Regulations, as well as contributing to meeting the 2020 goals of the World Summit on Sustainable Development.

The Metals and Inorganics Sectorial approach (MISA) – Identifying registration shortcomings by 2020:

The framework in this agreement aims to identify shortcomings in REACH and CLP information for metal compounds and inorganic substances by the end of 2020.

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.

UK REACH full data requirement alarms industry – A possible 2-year deadline (2020):

The UK’s Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) says companies will need to submit a "full" data package in order to register their chemicals under a UK version of REACH in a no-deal Brexit scenario.

Under a statutory instrument, the UK government would set a deadline of two years for companies to provide the data.


It finally looks like 2020 will be the new 2010 rush in REACH related workload. All these pre-2020 assessments and investigations to be completed by 2020 will trigger significant amount of work on dossier updates and even evaluation. Mara believes that such work will be time consuming and cost intensive.


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