April 24, 2013 by Chris Moore


With the final deadline for the 2013 round of REACH registrations only a month away, the wca office has been a hive of activity ensuring completion and submission of numerous dossiers for substances in the 100-1000 tpa band. ECHA estimate that approximately 4,000 substances are due to be registered by the 2013 deadline. It is therefore a busy time for all concerned and REACH-IT has extended its opening hours in May to give registrants more time to submit their 2013 dossiers.

For the first time, ECHA is publishing specific information on the registration progress on their REACH 2013 web page which will be updated weekly in the run up to the deadline of 31st May. The web page contains detailed information on registrations related to the deadline and you can see which SIEFs are active.

With a wide variety of successful registrations already submitted for the imminent deadline, wca is also looking ahead to the 2018 registrations (substances in the 1-10 and 10-100 tpa band), with preliminary work already underway for a number of clients.

As many companies learnt during 2010 and 2013, failure to prepare in plenty of time can lead to rushed (and potentially stressful) submissions, therefore now is the ideal time to initiate 2018 registrations. Although 2018 sounds a long way off, in terms of REACH registration it is just around the corner!

With the rush for 2013 completion nearly over, laboratories will be experiencing a lull in demand making this the ideal time to commission new testing to meet data requirements for the next round of registrations.

In addition to the on-going registration work, wca are currently involved in a range of other REACH-related projects. These include spontaneous updates for 2010 submissions, proposals for harmonised classification and labelling, responding to queries from ECHA, the registration of a nanomaterial under the REACH regulation, and Socio-Economic Analysis for Authorisation. Working with a number of consortia, both large and small, as well as individual Lead Registrants and co-registrants, we are acting for clients as sole technical contractors and with other consultancies as a member of a technical team.

Here at wca we have extensive experience in all aspects of REACH registration, having been involved in hundreds of successfully submitted dossiers to date. We can support you through the entire registration process with our suite of REACH services, which include:

  • Literature searches
  • Data gap analysis and development of test strategies
  • Data review and interpretation
  • Preparation of IUCLID dossiers
  • Hazard assessment and PBT/vPvB assessment
  • PNEC and DNEL derivation
  • Evaluation and application of in silico alternative methods (QSAR and read-across)
  • Classification and labelling
  • Exposure assessments
  • CSR preparation
  • Dossier submission
  • Strategic advice on cost-effective approaches to Registration

If you are looking for an environmental consultancy with proven REACH experience to help you with your 2018 registration, or any other advice on the sources, fate and effects of chemicals in the environment or the workplace, please get in touch.