ECHA has just published a list of substances that have been registered up until 24 September 2009. ECHA acknowledges that this is an interim measure until ECHA publishes the data from the dossiers on the internet as required by the REACH legislation (Article 119). Around 200 registration dossiers have been completed thus far, but no information other than the list of chemicals has been made available to the public. Article 119 states that ECHA must make information publically available, free of charge, on the internet, including the name of the chemical, what it is classified and labeled as (e.g., in what way it is dangerous), results of studies of the chemical’s environmental and toxic properties, how the chemical can be safely used, and a number of other details. REACH does not specify by when this information must be made available, but health and environmental organizations generally feel that information on the registrations already received is overdue.
The list of chemicals is available on ECHA’s website.
Written on 9 October 2009.