ECHA publishes “REACH 2018 Roadmap”
ECHA, the European Chemicals Agency (Helsinki, Finland) has last week published its ‘REACH 2018 Roadmap’. The document outlines the milestones planned in the run-up towards the final REACH registration deadline on 31. May 2018 for substances made or imported in the 1 to 100 tonnes per annum volume bracket.
In this report, ECHA is encouraging companies, often SMEs who have so far not been affected by REACH, to start preparing now, in order to meet the deadline in 2018. The suggested action plan breaks down the required registration process into seven phases, including the relevant milestones and an estimated time-frame for completion of each of them.
The roadmap was drawn up in consultation with stakeholders and ECHA plans to keep monitoring progress, in order to be able reacting in time, should obstacles for registration emerge. The full report can be downloaded from the ECHA website via the hyperlink
ECHA’s Executive Director Geert Dancet is quoted saying: “The REACH 2018 deadline may now seem distant but I really urge companies to start preparing now in order to meet the deadline successfully. All support material will be available in 23 EU languages and together with the national helpdesks and our industry stakeholders, we are committed to supporting the companies.”
Source: ECHA website
HGE – DCG / 19.01.2015