Helsinki -- the European Chemicals Agency is to hold a seminar 1-2 Oct 2012 at its centre in Helsinki to improve understanding of the application process for using substances which need authorisation.
The meeting will cover topics such as procedural steps, content requirements for applications, public consultation on possible alternatives, and the formats, manuals and tools for submission.
A draft programme is available at www.echa.europa.eu and ECHA invites industry participants to submit ideas or case studies for possible inclusion.
The seminar has the following objectives:
•better understanding of the authorisation application procedure under REACH;
•to make potential applicants aware of the requirements for the contents of applications (chemical safety report, analysis of alternatives, substitution plan and the socio-economic analysis); and
•to help potential applicants generate adequate and timely applications for authorisation by introducing them to available guidance, formats, manuals and tools for applications.
ECHA points out that substances on the Authorisation List (Annex XIV of REACH) cannot be placed on the market or used after the "sunset date" unless authorisation has been granted for a specific use, or if the use has been exempted from authorisation.
As soon as a substance is included in Annex XIV, manufacturers, importers and downstream users of this substance can apply for authorisation.
To know what and how information should be filed in an application for authorisation, potential applicants should consult the guidance documents on authorisation applications available on the ECHA website and get familiar with the tools and formats that ECHA will provide.
ECHA can only accommodate about 30 participants at this workshop and says it will give priority to companies directly involved in the marketing or use of the first 14 substances on the Authorisation List and the substances in ECHA's third recommendation for inclusion on the list.
This seminar is organised alongside a workshop on analysis of alternatives and socio-economic analysis.
The organisation says interested parties should go to its website -- www.echa.europa.eu -- and fill in an application form by 27 Aug 2012.