2018 GA meeting: May 3rd in Belgium

2017 GA MEETING

The 2017 GA meeting took place on Thursday 4 May in Karlsruhe, Germany and was a resounding success with attendance reaching 60% - the highest since 2010. Hosted by Cronimet Holding GmbH, the meeting lasted 5 hours with several key decisions taken by way of vote.

Some highlights:

  • Change of Governance: Election of Tim Hird (Prince-Erachem) as Chairman; Dr Bernd Friede (Elkem) as First Vice Chair; Arnaud Vigier (Eramet) as Second Vice Chair; and Dr Doreen McGough (MARA) as Secretary General
  • Approval of an established SIEF data-sharing model in accordance with regulation 2016/9
  • Approval of the 2017 workplan and budget
  • Approval of plan to share consortium-owned OECD/GLP studies for K-REACH registration purposes
Communication throughout a supply chain

Communication throughout a supply chain

The need to provide a safety data sheet (SDS) has grown mainly due to demands from downstream users. Many former SDSs were meaningless as they included little or no relevant information; particularly for unclassified substances.   Following REACH,  industry can now address this situation and provide an appropriate and useful SDS when required.

Note that a substance SDS is mandatory only for those substances that meet the following criteria (see REACH article 31 and CLP article 59).

The substance: 

(a)   is classified as hazardous under the CLP Regulation (1272/2008/EC) or as dangerous under the Dangerous Substances Directive (67/548/EEC); or

(b)   it is persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT), or very persistent and very bioaccumulative (vPvB) as defined in Annex XIII of the REACH Regulation; or

(c)    is included in the European Chemicals Agency’s (ECHA) Candidate List of substances of very high concern.

Note, if you are a REACH registrant of the following Mn-based substances, it is not mandatory to provide an SDS as these substances do not meet any of the criteria mentioned above:

  • Manganese (EINECS: 231-105-1)
  • Manganese oxide (EINECS: 215-695-8)
  • Trimanganese tetraoxide (EINECS: 215-266-5)
  • Manganese carbonate (EINECS: 209-942-9)
  • Slags, FeMn-manufacturing (EINECS: 273-728-1)
  • Slags, SiMn-manufacturing (EINECS: 273-733-9)


If required, an information sheet can be provided see proposed template (this is not a mandatory requirement, hence has no standard format).


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