In 2019, ECHA increased the number of checks carried out on companies’ chemical safety data by 50 %. 301 in-depth checks have been conducted on almost 3000 dossiers.
The focus was on information needed to clarify the long-term effects on human health or the environment. Information was requested in 245 of the 301 checks, with most asking to clarify long-term effects on the development of unborn children, genetic mutations, and aquatic toxicity. ECHA also examined close to 100 testing proposals submitted by industry.
More checks were also done on dossiers from companies that registered their chemicals separately from joint submissions. This is to ensure that the reason registrants submitted their dossiers separately was legally justified and data-sharing obligations are met.
In the last decade, ECHA has carried out an in-depth check of more than 1 000 chemicals across all tonnage bands. Over 20 % of the large volume chemicals with the highest potential exposure have been checked in depth. More than 10 % of the checked chemicals have been proposed as candidates for harmonised classification at EU/EEA level.
Between 2012 and 2019, 264 chemicals were evaluated at the Member State Level. For 181 chemicals, further information was needed to clarify suspected concerns. For around one-third of the 181 chemicals, risk management was needed – for example, four were flagged for restriction, nine were identified as substances of very high concern and 41 needed harmonised classification.