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Monday March 14, 2016

ECHA Explains Pause in Updating Guidances

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) March 2 explained how the upcoming moratorium on updating REACH guidances would work. The idea is to "stabilize" the guidances during the run up to the June 2018 registration deadline.

 

There could be some exception, which ECHA said likely would be rare, such as reacting to potential changes to the underlying REACH law or if the agency updates IT tools.

 

ECHA also noted that some guidances currently are under review, so some work will continue after the May 31 moratorium date. It said two examples are the Guidance on Registration and the Guidance on Data Sharing, but it added that it will provide a full list before May. Meanwhile the list of active updates is at bit.ly/1R7gTpY.

 

ECHA had announced the moratorium in is 2016 work plan (bit.ly/1R6tl2I), released last December.