In substance evaluation, the focus is on the substance itself. The focus is not on individual dossiers.
The point of a substance evaluation is to find out if more information is needed in order to understand potential risks of a substance to human health and the environment.
Ask the expertsCheck out quotes from Member State representatives from Germany and France. Words are somewhat revealing about their experiences of evaluating substances.
"If a substance is listed in the CoRAP and Germany is chosen as the evaluating Member State, we have to clarify whether or not the uses of that substance are a risk to human health or the environment," says Dr Mark Schwägler from the German Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA). (The evaluation is based on data available in REACH registrations and other sources.)
In France, substance evaluations are carried out by the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (Anses). For each substance, an expert team is created at Anses to carry out the assessment. "The expert team consists of toxicologists, ecotoxicologists and chemists. When needed, external scientific experts may intervene with particular parts of the evaluation, subject to Anses's conflicts of interest rules," explains Ms Corinne Belveze from the Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy.
"During the process, Anses sends requests to industry for clarification, and organises informal meetings to discuss specific endpoints or sections of the dossiers," Ms Belveze explains.
According to Dr Schwägler, BAuA has a similar approach. "Until now, in most cases at least one face-to-face meeting has been organised," he says. "These meetings help us to better understand the information that the registrants have provided. They also help the registrants to better understand the substance evaluation procedure."
The next CoRAP update covering 2015-2017 will be submitted to the Member State Committee for its opinion in October. The draft list will be published on ECHA's website by the end of October. The adoption of the list is expected to take place in March 2015.
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What is CoRAP?The annually updated Community rolling action plan (CoRAP) lists the substances that are being prioritised for substance evaluation. The substances are selected by the Member States and ECHA.
In American-ese, far as chemicals go, all this means cut the CoRAP.
(Who can resist these things?)