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Welcome to Enzymes REACH Consortium

Industrial enzymes are used in a variety of applications, some of which require their registration under the so-called REACH Regulation* .

Following a six-month month pre-registration phase (1 June to 1 December 2008) full registration starts on December 2010 or later, depending on tonnage.

REACH requires, subject to certain exceptions, multiple registrants of the same substance to share data and jointly submit part of the relevant registrations.

Manufacturers and importers of enzymes, recognizing that enzyme registration under REACH will benefit from being discussed and coordinated, have created the Enzymes REACH Consortium (ERC) with the overall purpose of facilitating a smooth REACH implementation, hereunder by creating effective data sharing processes and a reduction of associated costs.

ERC intends to discuss and develop a harmonized approach to aspects such as nomenclature and classification, sameness, read-across and data waiving.

The approach will be based on the common features that are shared by all enzymes.

Unlike many chemicals, enzymes are a unique set of substances that have predictable properties. For instance, all enzymes are classified as respiratory sensitizers, regardless of their biological source and catalytic activity.

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*Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2006 concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH).