November 23, 2010 by Rhiannon Smith


It’s probably an understatement to suggest that in the run-up to the 2010 REACH registration deadline1 we’ve been extremely busy. However, as the 30th November deadline looms, things are settling down again, and we are moving forward with a whole range of successful registrations under our belt. Looking back it’s extremely satisfying to note that we’ve been involved in nearly 400 substance submissions!

Our REACH registration projects have involved a wide range of substances, including organics, petrochemicals (for example, acetyls, higher olefins and poly alpha olefins), inorganics and metals (such as rhenium and platinum group metals). The scale of individual projects has also varied considerably, from single substances, as with pentanes, to the LOA project – Lower Olefins & Aromatics, which involved over 250 substances split into categories.

We’ve gained a wealth of experience with IUCLID 5 entry, and CSA/CSR and dossier generation, as well as PBT (persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic) assessments andPNEC (Predicted No Effect Level) and DNEL (Derived No Effect Level) derivations. We’ve also completed environmental risk assessments using EUSES for a range organics and metals. As well as dossier preparation, we undertake our own IUCLID hosting.

Working both directly for, or indirectly with, consortia, lead registrants and co-registrants, wca has acted as the sole technical contractor and as a member of a technical team with other consultancies to deliver these projects. We have also helped various clients with their REACH submission via REACH-IT. As well as REACH registrations, wca has also prepared CLP notification dossiers for substances not requiring REACH registration this year.

With a large variety of successful registrations submitted and the 2010 deadline almost upon us, we are looking to the future, with preliminary work on 2013 and 2018 registrations for a number of clients already underway. If you are looking for an environmental consultancy with proven REACH experience to help you with your 2013 or 2018 registration please get in touch !


1:Phase-in substances of greater than 1000 tonnes per year, CMR (carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic to reproduction) substances greater than 1 tonne per year and R50/53 substances greater than 100 tonnes per year.