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2019 GA MEETING

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 

Slags, FeMn-manufacturing (EC: 273-728-1; Cas 69012-28-8)

 

The lead dossier was submitted in 2010 with no testing proposals. In 2013 a compliance check was initiated, requesting more details with regard to the following information requirements/updates:

  • Annex IX, 8.6.2 (Sub-chronic study - 90days, Oral route, OECD 408)
  • Annex IX 8.7.2 (pre-natal developmental study, oral route, OECD 414)
  • Annex X, 8.7.3 (two-generation reproductive toxicity study, oral route, OECD 416 or an extended one generation reproductive toxicity study, OECD 443)

By Q4 2013 the consortium secretariat on behalf of the lead registrant had responded to the ECHA’s draft decision concerns, highlighting the lack of need for such animal-intensive studies for a substance that is not bioavailable.

After a second correspondence between ECHA and the lead registrant, the third correspondence was a compliance check final decision concluding that the following studies should be conducted:

  • Annex IX, 8.6.2 (Sub-chronic study - 90days, Oral route, OECD 408) readacross from SiMn slags
  • Pre-natal developmental toxicity study (Annex IX, 8.7.2.; test method: EU B.31/OECD 414) in rats or rabbits, oral route

While a decision on the two-generation reproductive toxicity study endpoint was still pending, the dossier for this substance was updated with the above mentioned studies in Q4 2017.

ECHA rejected the updated dossier in April 2018 - emphasing on the non-compliance of the 90days oral toxicity endpoint. A statement of Non-Complaince ( SONC) was sent to the lead registrant and the Spanish member state. The Lead Registrant and Mara's secreteriat are meeting with the Spanish CA on June 4th, 2018 to address the issue. 

The updated dossier was submitted earlier this year (Q1 2019) with new available data, new justification for readacross in alignment with ECHA RAAF guidance. All co-registrants that had met their financial obligations were provided with the following:

1) Updated CSR

2) Exposure scenarios for their eSDS

3) Updated CLP classification.

The ECHA reveiw of the Q1 submitted dossier lead to the request for  a Pre-natal developmental toxicity study (Annex IX, 8.7.2.; test method: EU B.31/OECD 414) in rats or rabbits, oral route. This study started in Q3, 2019 and is on-going. It's anticipated completion date is June 2020.

 

Note: Post 2018, the consortium will no longer invoice co-registrants  for ECHA requested studies retrospectively. All compliance check related work will require co-registrants to contribute their share before any dossier update work can begin. 

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