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The Nordic Product Registers and the future REACH substance database

Comparison of the registration systems and options for future developments

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The European Commission launched on 29 October 2003 its proposal for a new chemical legislation concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH). In 2006 the Nordic Chemicals Group granted funds to the Nordic Product Register Group to start a joint Nordic project on "The Nordic Product Registers and the future REACH substance database. Comparison of the registration systems and options for future developments". The objective of the project was to clarify the extent of overlap between REACH substance database and the Product Registers and characterize the added value of the Nordic Product Registers. The REACH substance database and the Product Registers are different systems. These differences are compared and discussed in this report with proposals for use of Product Register information in the implementation of REACH.

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Discussion and future options

The rough comparison shows that there are significant differences between the two systems with regard to both, the purpose of the system and the information content of the related data bases. REACH registration even in combination with the DU notification requirements will not generate information on the uses of substances comparable to the NPRs and the SPIN database. Due to the differences in the basic set-up of the systems, the REACH data base cannot deliver the same informational support to chemicals policy as the NPRs do. Even more, the SPIN data base may be a valuable source for registrants to identify the uses of their products in the market. Replacing the NPRs through a future REACH substance register would lead to a significant loss of information essential for targeting and balancing chemicals policy.

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