When was the last time you got a free regulatory health check?
For a limited time only, NCEC would like to offer a free regulatory check to the first 10 organisations* of those that registered for the 'Poison centres: how can you remain compliant with the new regulations?' webinar and apply for one of the following services :–
You can read more about the services on offer below and select which free check is of interest to you.
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With the registration phase of REACH ending, the focus has shifted to evaluation, authorisation and restriction of harmful substances in the EU. In this new phase, it is essential that companies monitor the status of substances they use and act where required to mitigate significant risks to their business.
The risk management process can be quite complex as each stage carries its own regulatory implications and mitigation steps. Furthermore, monitoring the various REACH lists can be time-consuming and problematic due to the introduction of generic group entries, which means it is no longer enough to simply search for numeric chemical identifiers.
Keeping the above in mind, NCEC now offers a fast and efficient service to screen your portfolio and provide you with a report on:
- Substances appearing on REACH Authorisation, Candidate, Restriction, CoRAP and PACT lists.
- Substances identified as nanomaterials by the EU Observatory for Nanomaterials (EUON).
Whether you are a major chemical manufacturer, a formulator of mass-market products or a specialist user of chemicals, this service will provide you with an essential tool for horizon-scanning and a regulatory ‘health check’ of your business. It can also be used in product development, helping to ensure that new products are fit for the future.
All we would need from you is a spreadsheet of your substance inventory including EC or CAS numbers. You will receive a report detailing where your substances are appearing on these lists with information on the potential implications, and a follow-up telephone call with one of our team members to discuss the findings. This can be provided as a one-off service, or NCEC can hold a copy of your chemical inventories and conduct the search on a regular basis.
It is the duty of each actor in the supply chain of a hazardous substance or mixture to supply a compliant and up to date Safety Data Sheet (SDS). While each supplier may use the information contained within the SDS they receive from their own supplier as the basis for creating their own SDS, each actor in the supply chain remains responsible for the content of their SDS. The information contained within the SDS is then used by the end user to carry out their risk assessment, so it is important that the safe use information is accurate and up to date.
The legislation governing the supply of hazardous substances and mixtures is constantly changing. Regulation (EC) No. 1272/2008 on the Classification and Labelling and Packaging of substances and mixtures (CLP) is regularly updated to introduce changes to the harmonised classifications of particular substances, to add new hazard classes or categories, or to make other changes to the regulation. In addition to the harmonised classification; the classification of many substances is currently changing due to ECHA substance evaluation requiring additional testing, leading to new hazard classifications. Other regulatory changes that can drive the need to update SDS include updated Occupational Exposure Limits (OELs), changes to your or your supplier’s formulation, and poison centre registration where the Poison Centre (PC) phone number and Unique Formula Identifier (UFI) needs to be added to the SDS.
NCEC recommends that SDSs are checked and updated every two years in order to ensure that the product and its ingredients are classified correctly, based on the most up to date information, and that the rest of the content of the SDS is accurate and compliant with the legislation. NCEC’s SDS authoring team is offering a compliance check for one of your existing SDSs. The check will include:
- Ensuring the ingredient classifications are up to date based on the most recent data available.
- Assessing the overall classification of the product.
- Ensuring that the SDS is compliant with the relevant labelling and SDS legislation.
Earlier in 2019, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) concluded that information was missing from up to 75% of all dossiers. Hence, recent reports from ECHA show that they plan to initiate a four-fold increase in the number of compliance checks they carry out on REACH registration dossiers. This initiative, included in an action plan published jointly by ECHA and the European Commission, will address the significant level of registration dossier non-compliance.
In the action plan, ECHA have committed to screening all registered substances above one tonne per annum by 2027 and to perform compliance checks on at least a third of all registered substances. ECHA has also requested national authorities from EU Member States and the European Economic Area (EEA) to step up enforcement of non-compliance around REACH evaluation decisions. In January 2019, decisions concerning compliance checks were extended to all registrants of a substance, not just the lead registrant, meaning that all registrants are now in the firing line for enforcement action around dossier compliance.
NCEC is ideally placed to support you with your REACH dossier compliance. Our dedicated team of REACH consultants can provide you with everything you need to bring your dossiers up to a high standard. Our services include:
- Review of dossiers for quality and provide advice on how to fill information gaps.
- Manage and co-ordinate efforts to fill information gaps or improve existing information.
- Advice on information requirements and data waiving.
- Substance testing and alternative testing strategies (QSAR, read across etc).
*Please note, you can only register for the service if you have not previously purchased that service from NCEC. You can read the full Terms and Conditions here.