ECHA Draft decisions for Lanthanum substances

The Lead Registrants have reacted to the draft decision(s) on behalf of the co-registrants. After receiving the final decision(s), it will be further discussed how all the comments and testing requests from ECHA will be tackled. It is anticipated that the majority of the testing requests from ECHA can be overcome by 1) adding additional, already existing data to the dossiers, and 2) solidifying read across for which the current justification was not considered sufficient (by adding additional data supporting the justification). As soon as decisions are taken on which testing is unavoidable, the co-registrants will be informed accordingly.

MISA, Cerium Dioxide and Lanthanum Oxide

The Rare Earth Consortium joined in July 2019 the Metals & Inorganics Sectorial Approach (MISA), a voluntary programme for updating REACH registration dossiers. This programme was installed by Eurometaux in cooperation with ECHA, and aims to improve the registration dossiers focusing on methodological gaps.

For improving dossiers, several priorities are set. For each priority, a workshop is organised with ECHA, and based on the outcome of the workshop,  the  Lead registrants and/or consortia participating in the MISA initiative need to draft a working plan to update their dossiers on the respective topics.

The highest priorities are:
• Assess/improve dossiers on effects endpoints (Human Health and Environment separately)
• Exposure assessment and risk characterisation
• UVCBs (no relevant for cerium oxide and lanthanum oxide)
• REACH risk management anticipation/environmental classification
• REACH risk management anticipation/minor constituents and impurities
• Supply chain, uses and exposure knowledge

The Members of the Rare Earth Consortium enrolled in this program for Cerium oxide and Lanthanum oxide covered by the Rare Earth Consortium.

As a first step, an extended literature search is ongoing in order to strengthen the current registration dossiers for these compounds.
The registration dossiers submitted for the first time in 2010 will be updated in the first place.

In terms of LoA costs, the review and improvement of registration dossiers will increase the total costs of the LoAs (in full consideration of the tonnage bands). Should the Members of the Rare Earth consortium decide to invoice additional amounts for financing the dossier updates, companies having purchased a LoA will be informed individually.

Should you have any question on the MISA program itself or the status of the ongoing work, please don't hesitate to contact us. 

Stronger together against COVID-19: our adjusted way of working

At Arcadis, the safety, health and wellbeing of our employees, our customers and our partners is our top priority.

We would like to inform you about the measures we are taking to protect our employees and clients as well as their families from the potential exposure and further spread of the Covid-19 virus in order to ensure business continuity. These measures take into consideration the guidelines of the World Health Organization (WHO), International SOS and the Belgian government.

In addition to a global response team, we have also set up a local COVID-19 task force that continuously monitors the situation in Belgium and adjusts our measures if necessary.

Arcadis is a digitally focused company and therefore our employees have the necessary IT equipment, the right applications, and access to servers and documents to monitor projects remotely.
We have asked our employees to utilize this and to work from home as much as possible, to organize meetings via Microsoft Teams or Skype, and to postpone trips and events.

Furthermore, Arcadis is committed to carrying out the necessary actions, both within our current and prospective projects, to the best of our knowledge and ability, with the utmost care expected from any professional service provider in similar circumstances. We will do everything we can to continue to successfully serve your company in this troubling time.

If you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact our project managers. 

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December 2017 - Rare Earth Consortium and nano

The members of the REC consortium are aware of the placing on the market of some rare earth substances covered by the consortium as nanomaterial (NM) and have already started to work on them. However, the work is hampered by the current review of the definition of NM and the on-going consultation on certain important pieces of guidance regarding the registration of NM. Consequently, by May 2018, no registration dossiers falling under the scope of the REC Consortium and submitted by the members of the consortium will be fit as NM. Work on the nano part of the registration dossiers will go on after May 2018 as soon as more clarity is obtained (on the definition and on the registration guidance). Based on the above, a list of dossiers subject to a nano-update will be derived and communicated.
For the NM falling under this list, the REC consortium will perform the update of the registration dossiers and will inform the SIEF-members in due time.
The consortium will also reflect on ways to ensure a fair, transparent and non-discriminatory cost-sharing among the non-nano and nano-forms of the same substance.