The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has said that in ‘exceptional situations’ some companies will not have to meet all the registration requirements of the all-encompassing Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (Reach) legislation.
With the first registration deadline less than two months away, the agency has outlined five situations in which it may show ‘flexibility to registrants who, through no fault of their own, find themselves in difficulty submitting a full registration dossier by 30 November’.
Andreas Herdina, director of cooperation at the ECHA, says companies must contact the agency to benefit from the support, and that those that do will be judged on a case-by-case basis. He said that the decision was not about the ECHA giving companies an opportunity to ignore the cut-off date for registration: ‘Everybody has to keep to the deadline – no one is allowed to miss it.’
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