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

IN VITRO SKIN CORROSION/ Sinter ore (Manganese ores, reduced)/ GLP

Introduction: The purpose of this test was to evaluate the corrosivity potential of the test material using the SkinEthic in vitro Reconstituted Human Epidermal (RHE) Model after treatment periods of 3 and 60 minutes. Corrosion is directly related to cytotoxicity in the SkinEthic tissue. Cytotoxicity was determined by the metabolic conversion of the vital dye MTT to formazan by viable cells in the test material treated cultures relative to the negative control. The results were used to make a prediction of the corrosivity potential of the test material. The method was designed to meet the requirements of the following:

  • OECD Guidelines for the Testing of Chemicals No. 431 “In Vitro Skin Corrosion: Human Skin Model Test” (adopted 2004)


Conclusion: The test material was considered not to have the potential to be corrosive in vivo.


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


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