Multi metallic questionaire

REACH requires extensive data gathering and the establishment of an effective communication system through the supply chain of a substance and/or (special) preparation. More specifically, for a substance for which a Chemical Safety Assessment (CSA) will be required under REACH (article 14), uses and exposure information will have to be communicated up and down the supply chain. A questionnaire has been developed by a Eurometaux working group to facilitate the data collection process on uses and exposures and to avoid a flood of different questionnaires circulating up and down and across the different "metal and metal compounds" supply chains. This group included commodity and company representatives.


This questionnaire consists of two main parts:


Part 1: REACH ‘compliance’ sheet, aimed at obtaining the information on uses, exposures, risk management measures and processes that is required to allow the manufacturer/importer to build tentative exposure scenarios and to help Downstream users to comply with their main obligations. This part of the questionnaire is to be considered as a ‘first tier’ in the communication in the supply chain, and uses only qualitative/descriptive approaches and/or user friendly ticking systems.


Part 2: detailed exposure assessment questionnaire, aimed at obtaining more refined exposure information for the different environmental compartments and the workplace. This focuses on collecting updated emission and exposure information, the information required to characterize the receiving environment (e.g., dilution factor in receiving water, measured metals levels in receiving environmental compartments), allow bioavailability correction, and eventually eco-region allocation (e.g. physico-chemistry of receiving compartments). Part II should be considered as a tier two. Part II introduces the degree of refinement needed to avoid the application of default values. In the absence of these data, both models and read-across may be proposed by the M/I.


Part 3 is a glossary.

This questionnaire uses Excel as a basis and is primarily to be regarded as a template that can be modified according to the needs of the consortia. The two parts can each be considered as stand-alone documents. The June 2009 version has been updated in line with the 2010 version of the ECHA Use Descriptor System and will be further revised if need so (new ECHA guidance etc.)





Updated: 22 June 2009