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.


All members of the consortium are able to participate in its decision-making process and overall strategy through attendance and voting at meetings of the consortium assembly. 

Members Assembly: This is the body comprising all the Regular Members of the Consortium, including Associate Members as observers. The Assembly’s powers include but are not limited to approval of the core data and the chemical safety report before joint submission to the ECHA, annual ratification of the strategic programme of the Consortium, and approval of both the annual budget and the annual accounts. The Assembly elects the seven members of the Steering Committee.

Steering Committee: The committee provides strategic guidance on the development of the work plan of the Consortium. It is responsible for advising the Consortium on resources, strategy and policy, and plays the role of referee in cases of disagreement or misunderstanding at the level of the Technical Working Group.

Executive Committee: This is a sub-committee of the Steering Committee and is made up of the Chairman, the Vice-Chairman, the Manager, and a representative from the Secretariat. The Executive Committee will meet from time to time as required to discuss and take action on matters of particular importance and urgency with respect to the day to day functioning of the Consortium.

Consortium Manager: The consortium manager is the main contact point for Regular Members and potential members. Appointed by the Steering Committee, the Consortium Manager, as a member of the Secretariat, has day to day coordination responsibility for all of the Consortium’s activities.

Technical Working Group (TWG): This is established by the Steering Committee and made up of members' representatives. The TWG provides technical guidance on the development of the work plan together with support for the activities of the consortium.

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