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Application for Authorisation submitted: the examination and opinion-making process

► Public Consultation on Alternatives:

Upon receipt of the Application, i.e. when the fee has been paid by the applicant, and when ECHA publishes the Broad Information on Uses package on its website, the Public Consultation on alternatives starts.

The first consultation on alternatives was launched on 14 August 2013. ECHA had received the first Application from Rolls-Royce plc, concerning the substance Bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) and ECHA invited interested parties to “submit relevant information on alternatives for the use of a substance subject to Authorisation and for which an Application for Authorisation was received”. In this Application, the use applied for was defined as the “processing of a stop-off formulation containing DEHP during the diffusion bonding and manufacture of aero engine fan blades”.

The definition of the use may be one of the determining factors to apply alone for Authorisation. A broad definition of use allow involvement of more companies in the Analysis of Alternatives and to proceed in common for other parts of the Application dossier. As a downside, this may encourage third party input that is more generic and hence less relevant.

Eight weeks to consult on alternatives: During an eight-week public consultation period, interested parties can submit relevant information on alternatives via a web form on ECHA's website.

Information made public: During the public consultation, ECHA's website provides information on the use applied for, including the description of the function of the substance, the exposure scenario, possible alternatives identified by the applicant, together with socio-economic and other background information.

Transparency on alternatives: To make the process transparent, submitted comments are posted on ECHA's website on a regular basis, unless the information must be treated as confidential. If the applicant provides a response to the comments, the response will also be published on ECHA's website.

Do keep in mind the tight deadlines to contribute. Counterarguments to third party input have to be provided within two weeks of the close of consultation.

Review of input on alternatives: All the information on alternatives submitted during the public consultation is reviewed and considered by RAC and SEAC.

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