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.

DETERMINATION OF PARTICLE SIZE DISTRIBUTION/ Mn metal (Manganese metal)/ OECD 110 / GLP

Particle Size Distribution. Particle size data has been acquired using a procedure designed to comply with the European Commission technical guidance document "Particle Size Distribution, Fibre Length, and Diameter Distribution" (June 1996), which satisfies the requirements of OECD Guideline 110. On visual assessment, the test material was observed to be composed of matter ranging in size from large flakes to a fine powder. To represent a worst-case scenario for potential inhalation risk, the larger flakes were removed and only the bottom portion subsampled (which comprised large- to small-sized particles). From this subsample, the percentage of test material with a particle size less than 100 µm was determined to be 1.5% by means of sieve analysis. This indicated that the test material was of a particle size that was essentially non-inhalable. It must be noted that this value is a significant overestimate of the true fine particle fraction of the test material due to the sampling procedure.

To obtain the full study, please contact: reach@manganese.org

 

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