Shawbury, UK - Confused about how and in what form to supply the information needed for the EU's REACH (registration, evaluation, authorisation of chemicals) regulations?
On 6 March 2008, Smithers Rapra is holding a one-day seminar to help the plastics and rubber sector deal with this regulation, which came into force on 1 June 2007, with the pre-registration process starting on 1 June 2008.
A primary building block of REACH registration is joint submission of data, Smithers Rapra pointed out.
"The European Commission and the emerging European Chemical Agency are keen to promote a co-operative approach to minimise the number of dossiers they will need to assess," the group added.
As a result, much of the early draft text of REACH referred to establishment of consortia, which a late change of terminology altered to 'Substance Information Exchange Forum (SIEF).'
"Did this make consortia redundant?" Smithers Rapra asks? "Not at all! Consortia remain the primary vehicle for reducing the number of individual submissions received by the Agency, encouraging the early sharing of data and identifying data gaps," the group said.
Consortia also prevent duplication of testing and limit the cost of registration, but, warns Smithers Rapra, "there are a number of potential pitfalls that can arise from poorly planned and managed consortia."
This workshop aims to explain these, and look at characteristics needed forming a consortium. The seminar presenters are all from Caleb Management Services Ltd, led by the group's managing director Paul Ashford.
See www.REACHSeminar.com for more information