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

Trimanganese tetraoxide (Mn3O4) dossier Recieves a Statement of Non-Compliance (SONC)

The registered substance trimanganese tetraoxide (Mn3O4) received a Statement of Non-Compliance (SONC) from ECHA in April 2018. ECHA’s dissatisfaction was on the “lack” of compliance with the Pre-natal Developmental (PND) endpoint. A PND study was requested for this substance by ECHA in its final decision. The study could not be completed on time to meet ECHA's dossier update deadline. The study took longer than anticipated due to several unusual but minor skeletal foetal deformations. These deformations have led the substance to be classified as a Repro Cat 2.  

 The lead registrant with the support of Mara drew up a plan to update the dossier with this new PND information and liaised accordingly with the Belgian CA. The dossier was updated on August 17th  and passed the completeness check. We await confirmation on compliance in accordance with final decision request from ECHA.


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