Helsinki, Finland - The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has urged substance companies to verify compliance to REACH by taking part in substance information exchange forums (SIEFs).
If they fail to do so, and submit duplicate registrations, they may be in breach of the regulation, which does not allow more than one registration per substance, said the agency.
ECHA said it has noticed that some companies have submitted registrations without taking part in a single SIEF. Registrants who find themselves in this situation are strongly encouraged to verify their compliance through data sharing and joint submission obligations.
ECHA said registrants may contact the agency's helpdesk to obtain the contact details of other registrants for their substance.
Under REACH, companies have to share existing information on the same substance and submit one joint dossier. Compliance with these obligations has to take place before registration dossiers are submitted to ECHA, and is facilitated through the SIEF and inquiry processes.
However, in some cases the pre-SIEF and SIEF formation process may not have worked as expected, and multiple separate registrations for the same substance have been submitted. This can be seen from duplicate entries in ECHA's dissemination portal, the agency said in a 10 Aug statement.
As registrants in these situations may be found to be in breach of the REACH regulation, ECHA strongly encourages the registrants concerned to verify compliance with their data sharing and joint submission obligations and remedy any deficiencies as soon as possible.
To support registrants in ensuring compliance, ECHA now facilitates contact between existing registrants in the event that the contact details cannot be found via the normal channels. ECHA said this new service is open to all companies that have submitted a registration for their substance(s) to ECHA and received a registration number.