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EUPHOR, in partnership with ECHA and Elementis Specialties, held a live REACH 2018 Webinar on July 13th. If you’ve missed the live event, don’t worry, here is a link to the on-demand version and a short summary of each presentation. Email us at if you have any questions!

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The REACH 2018 deadline is the perfect example of how today’s regulatory environment is becoming increasingly complex and labor-intensive. Finding the time and resources to meet the requirements and monitor the progress of each registrations can be pretty overwhelming.

How does one track hundreds of tasks? How can a team collaborate efficiently across an organization and its external service providers? There’s got to be a better way to manage your compliance programs, right?

You need answers, and we’ve got them!

REACH 2018: ECHA’s Updates & Support

By Laura Walin, Directorate REACH Registrations, ECHA

Mrs. Walin started off by stated to challenges inherent to the last phase of REACH. The 2018 deadline is affecting a much bigger proportion of SMEs than the previous phases. These SMEs will often have little to no experience when dealing with global regulations and will for the most part take one registrations as lead registrants. Another challenge of REACH 2018 lies in the numbers of substances affected. ECHA expects to receive many more registration dossiers than what was submitted for 2010 and 2013 combined. Finally, because REACH 2018 affects small quantities of substances, information is less available and companies will have to generate new data.

Next, Mrs. Walin focused on how ECHA is helping companies go through the registration’s steps. Most tools (support, help desk, latest news and webinars) are available on ECHA’s website at ECHA’s support strategy is based on its REACH Roadmap (see below) for which the agency has developed specific supporting and guidance materials. ECHA also recently released the latest version of REACH IT tools, IUCLID 6 and REACH-IT, making sure they were more user friendly and easy to set-up.

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To conclude, Mrs. Walin shared key messages to remember. First, organizations are not alone in this process. Although challenging, REACH registrations are manageable and companies can seek the help of ECHA, national authorities and industry organizations. She suggests to start as early as possible in order to meet the May 2018 deadline. Finally, it is recommended to implement an on-going REACH program that will permit to easily keep registrations up-to-date, especially passed the 2018 deadline.

BUSINESS CASE: How Elementis has been able to manage and monitor their registrations in a more efficient and confident manner?

By Stelios Kouvroukoglou, Product Stewardship Manager, Elementis Specialties

Elementis Specialties offers high technology additives and technical service for high performance markets. The organization is focused on developing and marketing novelty chemistry around the world. This signifies that Elementis has to comply with REACH regulations as well as the regulations of many other countries. It also means that most of the registrations has to be done as Lead Registrant.

As the Product Stewardship Manager of Elementis, Mr. Kouvroukoglou is directly involved with REACH registrations on a daily basis. He explained that REACH 2018 has been really challenging for his team has the number of registrations has gone from only 23 registrations in 2013 up to 131 for 2018! Each registration requires 100s of tasks and the collaboration of various persons internal and external to Elementis. This, in addition to limited resources, makes it hard to manage and track registrations and make sure nothing gets missed.

This is why Elementis decided to partner with our firm and implement EUPHOR. EUPHOR has allowed them to make their registration processes streamlined and worry-free. Using a single, user-friendly platform, Mr. Kouvroukoglou is able to track the status of each registration, monitor everyone’s tasks, share and receive important documents, and plan activities coming ahead.

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Mr. Kouvroukoglou adds that EUPHOR has allowed his team to let go of the complex Excel spread sheets and free up resources to handle actual data collection tasks necessary to build strong dossiers. Finally, when sharing his person sentiment about EUPHOR, Mr. Kouvroukoglou said it is a very easy to use system that has given him the peace of mind that dossiers will be ready on-time and on-budget. He also likes to have access to all relevant document in one single place and be able to collaborate with his registration team seamlessly.

EUPHOR’s Vision: Take advantage of REACH 2018 to implement robust IT Compliance platforms

By Sujay Keshavamurthy, Director of Product Development, EUPHOR

IT is increasingly called upon to provide organizations a set of tools to gain a greater situational awareness and control over Global Compliance. Surveys have shown that the demand for IT solutions for chemical control management will continue to increase in the coming year.

The main factors behind this increasing demand are the countless controls imposed on the chemical industry. Most countries have now implemented legal frameworks affecting chemical-based products (EU-REACH, K-REACH, China REACH, etc.). This creates an unstable business environment where product stewardship professionals must track numerous laws while managing all the activities involved within each program.

At EUPHOR, we strongly believe that Compliance departments should benefit from appropriate IT solutions, just like Finance, Sales, Marketing and R&D do. Regulatory projects should not be managed manually, there is too much at stakes. Remember ECHA’s mantra, “No Data, No Market”.

This is why EUPHOR was created, to streamline compliance processes across organizations. EUPHOR helps users save time and money, track the status of their registration instantly, meet the deadlines, improve collaboration among internal and external stakeholders and safely share and store data to facilitate future audits and other regulatory programs.

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Sujay concluded the webinar by stressing the fact that REACH is not a one-time operation. It impacts the way organizations do business and approach regulatory requirements in the long run. At EUPHOR, we suggest that organization take advantage of REACH 2018 to lay the foundation for on-going compliance processes that will help in the long run.

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