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01-16-2015

ECHA Publishes REACH 2018 Roadmap

The European Chemicals Agency ECHA, Helsinki, Finland, has published its REACH 2018 Roadmap, which outlines the Agency's milestones planned in the run up towards the final REACH registration deadline. The last registration deadline for existing chemicals will be on 31 May 2018. The deadline concerns companies that manufacture or import substances in low volumes, between 1-100 tonnes per year.

For the last REACH registration deadline, ECHA is expecting a significantly larger amount of small and medium-sized enterprises to register for the first time. Large companies may also have hundreds of chemicals in their portfolios to register. To support all, ECHA has prepared a detailed plan called the REACH 2018 Roadmap, in close consultation with its stakeholders.

Similarly to the REACH 2018 web pages published in October 2014, the REACH 2018 Roadmap is based on the seven phases of a successful registration process. For each phase, the relevant milestones and an estimated timing for them is presented. ECHA invites all stakeholders to complement ECHA's actions to make sure that registrants are given the widest possible support network. ECHA is also constantly monitoring the progress in order to react in time if new obstacles for registration are identified.

"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," says ECHA's Executive Director Geert Dancet.

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