2019 GA meeting May 8 in Madrid

2018 GA MEETING

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
Communication throughout a supply chain

Communication throughout a supply chain

The need to provide a safety data sheet (SDS) has grown mainly due to demands from downstream users. Many former SDSs were meaningless as they included little or no relevant information; particularly for unclassified substances.   Following REACH,  industry can now address this situation and provide an appropriate and useful SDS when required.

Note that a substance SDS is mandatory only for those substances that meet the following criteria (see REACH article 31 and CLP article 59):

The substance:

(a)   Is classified as hazardous under the CLP Regulation (1272/2008/EC) or as dangerous under the Dangerous Substances Directive (67/548/EEC); or

(b)   It is persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT), or very persistent and very bioaccumulative (vPvB) as defined in Annex XIII of the REACH Regulation; or

(c)   Is included in the European Chemicals Agency’s (ECHA) Candidate List of substances of very high concern.

Note if you are a REACH registrant of the following Mn-based substances it is not mandatory to provide a SDS as these substances do not meet any of the criteria mentioned above:

  • Manganese Metal - Massives only (EINECS: 231-105-1)
  • Manganese oxide (EINECS: 215-695-8)
  • Manganese carbonate (EINECS: 209-942-9)
  • Slags, FeMn-manufacturing (EINECS: 273-728-1)
  • Slags, SiMn-manufacturing (EINECS: 273-733-9)

If required, an information sheet can be provided- see proposed template (this is not a mandatory requirement, hence has no standard format).


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