Identification of Substances of Very High Concern
► What are the characteristics of relevant SVHCs? Preparing the Annex XV report and Public Consultation
1. In Practice
Registry of Intentions & RiME
The Registry of Intentions (RoI) is to allow interested parties to be aware of the substances for which the authorities intend to submit Annex XV dossiers and therefore facilitates timely preparation of the interested parties for commenting later in the process.
It is also there to avoid duplication of work and encourage co-operation between Member States when preparing Annex XV dossiers. The registry allows MSCAs and ECHA to check if another Authority has already worked on an Annex XV dossier for a specific substance or is currently preparing an Annex XV dossier on the substance. It should be noted that for the Restriction process there is a legal requirement for the Member State to notify to the Agency of its intention to prepare an Annex XV Restriction dossier.
The registry of intentions is divided into three separate sections:
- a section listing the current, active intentions of Member States and/or the Commission
- the Annex XV dossiers submitted that are still under one of the three decision-making processes (identification as SVHC, Harmonised C&L, Restriction)
- a list of the intentions that have been withdrawn after evaluation by a Member State or ECHA
Member States, ECHA and the Commission have set up an informal body called RiME (Risk Management Experts) to discuss technical and scientific issues and to improve cooperation on substance screening and RMO assessment. In practice, more than the Registry of Intentions, the discussions at RiME are more informative about the plans regarding future activities. The implementation of the SVHC Roadmap will require a more open communication on substance-specific activities. The initial experience with SVHC identification has brought ECHA and RiME to consider improving their communication to Industry and other stakeholders so as to improve predictability and planning.
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