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

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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