General Assembly Meeting Thursday, May 5th 10:00 – 13:00

General Assembly Meeting - 2022

Highlights from the General Assembly Meeting
 

The 2022 General Assembly meeting which took place virtually on May 5th discussed general issues related to the smooth running of the consortium as well as possible threats emanating from ECHA/the Commission by way of potential Restrictions/Authorisation related to the use of several Mn substances within the EU amongst other things.

The meeting saw the following decisions taken

The GA agreed a on methodology to redistribute income from Non-EU REACH data sales. MARA’s assets in the form of study reports are being sold for the purposes of Non-EU regulatory compliance in the hope of sharing knowledge on the toxicity profile of Mn-based substances in view of a worldwide harmonising the classification. The GA agreed that if the entire industry use the same data – then industry will settle for the same classification.
 

MARA’s Office: The GA discussed the need of an actual office versus a virtual office from a financial standpoint. Considering that work was still effective during the pandemic lockdown, it was clear that a virtual office will reduce cost without affecting the quality of work carried out by the Consortium. To this end, the GA approved for MARA to seek advice from the French authorities on the possibility of a Not-for-profit organisation to be domicile virtually.
 

Harmonised Categorization of Slags across the EU: The GA approved a way to fund this special project. The project which considers the present regulatory constraints on the use or disposal of slags across the EU to be non-harmonised is aimed at creating a level playing field guided by a harmonised regulatory standpoint for all players within the EU. The project intends to use a robust socio-economic analysis and lobbying of the authorities to achieve its goes.

Study Summaries

Compliance with any regulation, including REACH, requires that studies be conducted in order to fill data gaps. The Mn Consortium conducted studies on 14 different inorganic manganese-based substances. All of the studies complied with recognised guidelines as laid down by the relevant international organisations (including the OECD) and to good laboratory practice (GLP). For those countries that signed the OECD Mutual Acceptance of Data (MAD) agreement, the data listed below can be used for regulatory compliance as well as for in-house safety assessments.

DETERMINATION OF RELATIVE DENSITY/ MnO2 (Manganese dioxide)/ Method A3/ GLP
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DETERMINATION OF FLAMMABILITY (SOLIDS)/ MnO2 (Manganese dioxide)/ Method A10 / GLP
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DETERMINATION OF MELTING/FREEZING TEMPERATURE/ MnO2 (Manganese dioxide)/ Method A1 / GLP
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DETERMINATION OF SKIN IRRITATION POTENTIAL/ MnO2 (Manganese dioxide)/ OECD 439/GLP
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DETERMINATION OF OXIDISING PROPERTIES (SOLIDS)/ MnO2 (Manganese dioxide)/ Method A17/ GLP
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DETERMINATION OF PARTICLE SIZE DISTRIBUTION/ MnO2 (Manganese dioxide)/ OECD 110/GLP
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DETERMINATION OF WATER SOLUBILITY/ MnO2 (Manganese dioxide)/ Method A6 / GLP
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ACUTE TOXICITY TO DAPHNIA MAGNA/ SiMn (Silicomanganese)/ OECD 202 / GLP
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DETERMINATION OF RELATIVE DENSITY/ SiMn (Silicomanganese)/ Method A3/ GLP
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DETERMINATION OF MELTING/FREEZING TEMPERATURE/ SiMn (Silicomanganese)/ Method A1/ GLP
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ASSESSMENT OF THE INHIBITORY EFFECT ON THE RESPIRATION/ MnO (Manganese Oxide)/ OECD 209/ GLP
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DAPHNID, CERIODAPHNIA DUBIA SURVIVAL AND REPRODUCTION TEST/ MnO (Manganese Oxide)/OECD 211/ GLP
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ALGAL GROWTH INHIBITION TEST/ MnO (Manganese Oxide)/ OECD 201/ GLP
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ACUTE TOXICITY TO DAPHNIA MAGNA/ MnO (Manganese Oxide)/ OECD 202/ GLP
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ACUTE TOXICITY TO RAINBOW TROUT (Oncorhynchus mykiss) /MnO (Manganese Oxide)/ OECD 203/ GLP
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LOCAL LYMPH NODE ASSAY IN THE MOUSE/ MnO (Manganese Oxide)/ OECD 429/ GLP
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ACUTE EYE IRRITATION IN THE RABBIT/ MnO (Manganese Oxide)/ OECD 405/ GLP
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ACUTE DERMAL IRRITATION IN THE RABBIT/ MnO (Manganese Oxide)/ OECD 404/ GLP
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IN VITRO SKIN CORROSION/ MnO (Manganese Oxide)/ OECD 431/GLP
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ACUTE INHALATION TOXICITY (NOSE ONLY) STUDY IN THE RAT/ MnO (Manganese Oxide)/ OECD 403/ GLP
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