Helsinki - ECHA, the European Chemicals Agency, says it has examined all proposals to test substances submitted by the first REACH Registration deadline and has issued draft or final decisions to companies by the legal deadline of 1 Dec 2012.
The agency said this is an important step in the REACH process - making sure that data gaps are filled but at the same time avoiding unnecessary testing on animals.
A total of 571 dossiers, with altogether 1184 individual testing proposals, have been examined, ECHA said in a 3 Dec news release. Nearly 130 cases were terminated due to the withdrawal of the proposals, testing already being initiated or for other reasons. Draft decisions were issued in 436 cases, of which 146 have already resulted in a final decision.
In the other 290 cases the decision-making procedure will continue in 2013. In 24 of these cases, the proposals for reproduction toxicity tests have been referred to the commission because the Member State Committee did not reach agreement on them.
"Examining the first wave of testing proposals within the legal timeframe is another successful step in REACH implementation. When these information gaps for high volume chemicals are filled, additional risk management measures may be needed not only at company level but possibly also at the European level," commented ECHA's executive director Geert Dancet.
The purpose of examining the testing proposals is to ensure that the tests proposed by the registrants are necessary and adequate for meeting the REACH information requirements, ECHA said.