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REACH REGULATION

The EU REACH Regulation (Regulation (EC) 1907/2006) entered into force on June 1st, 2007 and deals with the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of CHemicals. The overall objective of the REACH Regulation is to ensure high levels of human health and environmental protection through the registration of chemical substances circulated in the EU and identification of their intrinsic properties.
 
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The REACH Regulation requires registration of all the chemical products circulated in the EU market by EU situated manufacturers and importers, as well as non-EU companies exporting their products to the EU. The innovation of the REACH Regulation in comparison to previous frameworks is that it leaves the industry responsible for the management of the risks arising from chemicals and the provision of the corresponding measures for their safe handling. To complete the registration under REACH, different deadlines are provided according to the tonnage produced/imported/exported and the carcinogenicity/toxicity of the substance, varying from 2010 to 2018.

EBB BIODIESEL REACH CONSORTIUM

The European Biodiesel Board (EBB) has established an EBB Biodiesel REACH Consortium in order to facilitate the EU biodiesel industry to meet the requirements under REACH and ensure proper registration of biodiesel and related substances. The Consortium currently gathers 55 members. Among the members are producers, situated both inside and outside EU borders, as well as importers of biodiesel.
 

The General Assembly, composed by representatives of all the Consortium members, is responsible for controlling the Consortium activities and approving the annual budget, while the daily management of the EBB Consortium is performed by the Steering Committee. The technical aspects on registration and dossier compilation are discussed by the Technical Committee, which meets in regular intervals. The Secretariat of the Consortium is run by the European Biodiesel Board (EBB).

For additional information on the EBB Biodiesel REACH Consortium, please visit the links below:

 


How to become a member

Participation in the Consortium will allow your company to receive legal and technical guidance towards a successful registration at the lowest possible cost. All EBB Consortium Members are entitled to take part in the technical discussions, benefit from the studies that Consortium members have offered for common use within the Consortium and share the costs and acquire ownership of the new studies to be purchased/performed.

Membership to the EBB Biodiesel REACH Consortium is open to any eligible entity established within or outside EU borders (EU manufacturers, importers or exporters to the EU) that is interested in registering any of the substances covered under the EBB Biodiesel REACH Consortium Agreement.

Any interested entity may become a member of the EBB Biodiesel REACH Consortium after executing the EBB Biodiesel REACH Consortium Agreement and paying the respective fees. You may download the final text of the Agreement here.

To obtain further information on the membership fees, please contact reach@ebb-eu.org.


GOALS OF THE EBB BIODIESEL REACH CONSORTIUM

The EBB Biodiesel REACH Consortium aims at the cost-effective preparation of the registration dossiers for the substances covered under the EBB Biodiesel REACH Consortium Agreement, before November 30th, 2010.

The Consortium actions involve:

  • Sharing of technical expertise and knowledge
  • Providing legal and technical guidance to its Members
  • Evaluating the existing data for the relevant substances and identifying data gaps
  • Securing access to laboratory facilities and initiating the placement of tests
  • Completing a Chemical Safety Report for all common intended uses
  • Agreeing on Classification and Labelling
  • Leading its Members towards a successful registration of their substances in the most cost-effective way

WORKINGS OF THE EBB BIODIESEL REACH CONSORTIUM

The EBB Biodiesel REACH Consortium is currently at the process of finalizing the list of substances to be registered. Towards this objective, several actions are currently being performed:

Sameness of substances

The EBB Biodiesel Consortium members have already performed a comprehensive review of substance sameness to verify their consolidation under more ‘generic’ entries. For this purpose, the methodology proposed to be employed is the one agreed between the Soap and Detergent Association (SDA) and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which is also indicated as acceptable in the European Chemical Agency’s Guidance on Substance Identification. The Consortium is at present finalizing its registration proposal, the initial outcome of which has already been presented to the respective SIEF members for further discussion and approval.

Data Gap Analysis

The EBB Biodiesel REACH Consortium has undertaken and finalised a comprehensive literature search for the substances covered under the EBB Biodiesel REACH Consortium Agreement, as well as for the individual carbon chains that are constituents of the substances. A corresponding initial data-gap analysis has been carried out, to indicate that for the ‘generic’ entries to be employed for registration there is enough relevant data available to fulfil the majority of information requirements for REACH Annexes VII and VIII. The Consortium is at present finalizing the data gap analysis and is expected to have concluded on the tests to be performed by the end of July 2009.

Status of Substances / Exemption Possibilities under REACH

The EBB Biodiesel REACH Consortium has already prepared Guideline documents regarding the status of the following substances under REACH:

  • Glycerine produced during biodiesel manufacture
  • Gums produced during oil refining
  • Acid oils produced during Glycerine purification

The Consortium is at present elaborating further Guideline documents, whereby the status under REACH of Soapstocks, Acid Oils and Fatty Acids from Oil Refining will be assessed. Guideline documents will be produced for all the above substances, providing justification for possible exemptions according to the substances composition.


SIEF Interaction

The European Biodiesel Board (EBB) has assumed the SIEF Facilitator status in all the SIEFs of the substances covered under the EBB Biodiesel REACH Consortium Agreement, apart from Glycerine.

The EBB, through the EBB Biodiesel REACH Consortium, has performed a considerable amount of work on behalf of the SIEF members towards a successful joint registration at the lowest possible cost.

The EBB Biodiesel REACH Consortium has already undertaken a comprehensive review of substance sameness, employing the methodology agreed between the Soap and Detergent Association (SDA) and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which is also indicated as acceptable in the European Chemical Agency’s Guidance on Substance Identification. A comprehensive literature research and data gap analysis have also been finalized for the majority of substances covered by the EBB Consortium.

As a result, an initial proposal for the consolidation of specific substances under more ‘generic’ entries has been circulated at this stage to the respective SIEF members, for further discussion and approval.


 

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