2021 GA Meeting May 12th, 14:00-15:30

2020 GA MEETING

 

The 2020 GA meeting which normally takes place in May was postponed to November 4th due to the global pandemic. The November 4th meeting which was virtual saw 20 attendees and lasted an hour as most of the GA mandated task/decisions were addressed by way of votes prior to the meeting. Chaired by Interim Chairman Dr Bernd Friede, the meeting though brief was effective with some key decisions taken as follows:

Some highlights:

  • Executive Committee: A new Executive team was endorsed with the 2nd Vice-Chairman becoming the Chairman and Secretary General maintained to ensure continuity
  • Non-EU letter of Access Fees: Letter of Access fees and administration fees for non-EU REACH-Like regulations per substance, per legal entity for non-MARA members was established
  • Members involvement in Non-EU regulations: MARA members wishing to register substances in non-EU REACH-like regulations will only pay administration fees as they own the data generated by MARA
  • Technical update: Three dossiers updated this year lead to a new classification for manganese based UVCB’s
  • 2020 Workplan and budget were ratified in Q1, 2020 via round robin votes.
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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