Last reviewed 8 September 2021
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) have updated their REACH registration guidance, which is now on version 4.
The document aligns with the Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/1692) on the application of certain registration and data-sharing provisions of REACH after the expiry of the final registration deadline for phase-in substances.
Changes in the whole document related to the deadlines for registration of phase-in substances.
Removal of references to pre-registration of substances.
Clarification of the calculation of tonnages after the end of phase-in.
Removal of the obsolete sections as the one on non-phase-in substances or the one on deadlines for registration of phase-in substances.
Clarification on when it is needed to declare the phase-in status of a substance (section 2.3.2).
Clarification on when the IUPAC name can be claimed confidential (section 4.4) after the end of phase-in.
Clarification of when reduced information requirements for low tonnage dossiers can be provided (section 5.2.4).
Alignment with the Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1435 on the duties placed on registrants to update their registrations under REACH (section 7.2).
Explanation and examples on the timelines to update a dossier on the registrants’ own initiative.
Extended information on the notification of a cease of manufacture or import (section 7.2).
New section explaining when a registration is no longer valid (section 8).
Alignment with the Guidance on data sharing.
Data-sharing section has been reduced and instead references have been made to Guidance on data-sharing that is being updated in parallel to this guidance (section 3).
Information on joint submission from the old Guidance on data-sharing such us joint submission of data, joint submission obligation and conditions for opting out from the joint submission, has been added and updated: (section 4.3).
Streamlining of sections to make it more readable: Removal of Annex V in section 188.8.131.52 and Annex VII in section 4.1. The reader is advised to consult the text directly in the REACH text.
Explanation of the examples for re- imported substances in section 184.108.40.206.
Chemical Safety Report section is more concise (section 5.3).
Further explanation of the technical completeness check step, what refers to automated and manual checks (section 11.3.1).
Adaptation of the text to a gender-inclusive language.
Links added to the cross-references within the document.
Definitions added to Appendix 1.
Roles and duties of only representatives added to Appendix 2.
The guidance document can is available on the ECHA website.