2020 GA Meeting May 6th in Kristiansand (KRS), Norway


The 2019 GA meeting which took place on Wednesday 8 May 2019 in Madrid, Spain was a resounding success. Hosted by FerroGlobe, the meeting which lasted 4 hours saw several deliberations related to the consortium governace, dossier updates and classification & labelling. Some key decisions taken by way of vote are as follows:

Some highlights:

  • Executive Committee: A new Chairmanand  a new 2nd Vice Chairman were appointed, meanwhile the 1st Vice Chiarman was maintained to enure continuity 
  • Dossier updates: Reveal changes in classification and labelling if compared to the 2010 submitted dossiers
  • Approval of the 2018 workplan and budget
  • Brexit and data: Mara will continue to support REACH registration inside and outside the EU (UK REACH inclusive) but at a charge yet to be determined 

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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