REACH is the Regulation on Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals. It entered into force on 1st June 2007. It streamlines and improves the former legislative framework on chemicals of the European Union (EU).
The main aims of REACH are to improve the protection of human health and the environment from the risks that can be posed by chemicals, the promotion of alternative test methods, the free circulation of substances on the internal market and enhancing competitiveness and innovation. REACH makes industry responsible for assessing and managing the risks posed by chemicals and providing appropriate safety information to their users. In parallel, the European Union can take additional measures on highly dangerous substances, where there is a need for complementing action at EU level.
ARCHE's team members are well versed in the different disciplines needed to comply with REACH. Our ecotoxicologist and toxicologists are ready to help you keeping REACH under control. Besides of preparing REACH dossiers the experts of ARCHE have been actively involved in writing guidance on the subject (RIP 3.6, RIP 3.2.2, MERAG) and developing new REACH tools that facilitate implementing REACH (DU Scaling tool, intelligent testing strategy tools, soil PNEC calculator).
The experts at ARCHE can help you at every step of the process of building a REACH dossier:
- review of the already existing information of the substance under scrutiny and assessment of its suitability for use in the dossiers
- conduct of a literature search for all relevant and available information. and acquisition of copies of any literature papers necessary for the dossier;
- data-gap analysis, proposal for waivers, read-across or testing as appropriate;
- preparation of the technical dossier (IUCLID 5.0 format);
- development of exposure scenarios for the identified end uses or categories of end uses incl. the proposals for Risk Management Measures (RMM), where appropriate;
- documentation of the Chemical Safety Assessment (CSA), including the proposed classification, the DNEL and PNEC derivation and writing the Chemical Safety Report (CSR);
- preparation of relevant extended Safety Data Sheet(s) (e-SDS).
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New Soil PNEC calculator is available!
A new updated version of the soil PNEC calculator is available for download on our website. Apart from a new layout, this new version now also includes data for Co and Mo. All calculations are now based on the data and methods selected for the EU REACH dossiers (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals; Regulation EC No 1907/2006) for Cu, Ni, Zn, Pb, Cd, Mo and Co, as available in August 2012."
From Soil screening values to Metal Clean-up values
Dr. Koen Oorts (ARCHE) is invited by the North American Metals Council (NAMC) to actively participate in a workshop on "Ecological Soil Levels-Next Steps in the Development of Metal Clean-up Values" scheduled for September 17-20, 2012 in Utah. The workshop's main goal is to provide regulators with the methods and processes developed over the last ten years to move from soil screening values to clean-up values.
SPERC tool for metals is updated!
The first version of the metal SPERCs was published in 2010 for the purpose of the 2010 REACH registration deadline and underwent a review process conducted by Lüskow et al. (2011) on behalf of the Federal Environment Agency of Germany (UBA). The second version of the metal SPERCs were improved based on the recommendations by Lüskow et al. (2011) and Tolls et al. (in press) and were further updated with new data for the purpose of the 2013 REACH registration deadline. This second version is currently undergoing a scientific review process but can already been find on this website.
Our QSARCHE model is released
Vertebrate testing under REACH is discouraged by promoting use of alternative non-testing approaches such as QSARs (Quantitative Structure Activity Relationships). Many QSARs are available, however, robust REACH compliant QSARs predicting chronic ecotoxicity to fish are largely lacking. ARCHE filled this data gap by the release of its QSARCHE fish toxicity model. Click to the right to read on.
Meet us at these upcoming events
4th Symposium on Biocidal Product Authorisation Vienna 23-24 May 2013
Symposium on authorisation/registration of biocidal products according to existing schemes(especially BPD) and the arising issues and interaction with the forthcoming Biocidal ProductRegulation (BPR)
65th International Symposium on crop protection- 21-05-2013 Ghent
This Symposium will be held at the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering of the Ghent University, Coupure links 653, BE-9000 Ghent, Belgium.