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 


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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