Helsinki, Finland -- An updated list of pre-registered substances for REACH (the European Union's Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals) is available on the website of the European Chemicals Agency. It contains around 143 000 substances which were pre-registered by 65000 companies between 1 June and 1 December 2008.
ECHA said it does not expect all these substances to be registered. The Agency has produced previous versions of the list, most recently on 19 December 2008, and the new version contains further improvements:
• CAS numbers are now provided for some substances that were previously identified only by chemical name;
• The search functions for the list have been improved;
• List numbers (in the format of EC numbers) are included for those substances without a current EC number to make registration easier;
According to ECHA, based in Helsinki, the new list is important for companies who manufacture or import substances and who wish to find the correct SIEF (Substance Information Exchange Forum) for their substance. The list will help verify whether, in reality, certain pre-SIEFS cover the same substance and hence whether they should merge. It will also help identify similar substances for read-across and formation of chemical categories. As a result, the list will help to ensure that data is shared and hence to minimise animal testing, claims ECHA.
The agency also notes that in opinion, the list contains many preparations and substances that did not require registration. ECHA advises companies to verify what registrations they need to make.
Updated list of pre-registered substances (27 MAR2009) can be accessed via the List of Pre-registered Substances page in the ECHA CHEM section of the agency website at: http://apps.echa.europa.eu/preregistered/pre-registered-sub.aspx