Cefic launches Action Plan for REACH Dossier improvements

The European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic) launched a voluntary multi-annual Action Plan for Review and Improvement of REACH Dossiers. The implementation of the Action Plan will be done in close cooperation with ECHA.

The Action Plan provides a framework for companies - holders of REACH registrations - to evaluate their safety data already submitted under REACH. By using a set of guiding principles laid down in the Action Plan, companies can decide whether their dossiers may need to be updated with additional information in line with the expectations of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA).

Cefic Director General Marco Mensink said: “The EU chemical industry is committed to making REACH work and this concrete action proves it again. We invite all Cefic members to join this Action Plan.”

The implementation of the Action Plan will be done in close cooperation with ECHA to ensure that any scientific or technical challenge related to dossier updates is resolved. A Steering Committee made up of the Cefic members and ECHA will be established to guide the implementation of the Action Plan.


A better alignment between the data

The goal of the Action Plan is to achieve a better alignment between the data that have been submitted in good faith by registrants and ECHA’s current expectations on the content of dossiers. Since there is no ‘perfect REACH dossier’ template and every case is different, the Action Plan will be implemented in cooperation with ECHA.

The Action Plan Package consists of the following elements:

  • Declaration of Intent: signed by individual companies,whereby companies express their intent to re-evaluate dossiers and to provide further information, where appropriate, in line with the Action Plan. Companies also commit to report to Cefic on KPIs so that Cefic can report on progress on an annual basis. To that effect, a reporting template has been developed.
  • Cooperation Agreement between Cefic and ECHA: outlines a series of specific activities to support the implementation of this Action Plan and guide registrants to a better understanding of how to meet ECHA’s expectations under Article 41 of REACH (‘Compliance Check’).

The Action Plan will run between 2019-2026, allowing for one year of planning and setting-up and seven years of actual updates. All Cefic Board members have already committed to this Action Plan. All Cefic member companies and national association (Member / Partner federations) members are also encouraged to sign the Declaration of Intent.

Cefic does not have access to registration dossiers, and all updates will be done by individual companies. However, Cefic will facilitate the support and development of tools and solutions for cross-cutting, unresolved key issues related to registration dossiers.

The Action Plan is not a static document; it will be adapted to developments when and if needed.


For more information about the scope of the Action Plan, please consult a dedicated page on the website.



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