Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What SIEF’s does www.acetylsreach.com cover?
A. Acetic acid (CAS no 64-19-7, EC no 200-580-7), acetic anhydride (CAS no 108-24-7, EC no 203-564-8) and vinyl acetate (CAS no 108-05-4, EC no 203-545-4).

Q. What is the difference between the Consortia and the SIEFs?
A. The Acetyls Reach Consortia aim to ensure a harmonised, ‘fit for purpose’ and cost-effective approach to REACH registration for acetic acid, acetic anhydride and vinyl acetate. Progress towards registration, data sharing amongst potential registrants, agreement of classification and labelling, compensation for data that will be used by others and enabling joint submission of the dossier are all enabled through each SIEF. SIEF creation is mandatory by legislation.

Q. Do I need to join a Consortium in order to access data that will be used in the final technical dossier?
A. No. For each substance, the Consortium comprises of major European producers/data-holders. Each Consortium aims to ensure a quality registration dossier for the substance. SIEF members may simply use a ‘Letter of Access’ to access a joint registration dossier.

Q. What is the cost of the ‘Letter of Access?
A. The consortium may charge SIEF members for a ‘Letter of Access’. The charge will cover the costs of dossier generation and the cost of  data compensation for data owners. The actual cost of this has still to be agreed. The website displays a message from each Consortium detailing when this information will be finalised.

Q. When can you tell me how much a Letter of Access will cost?
A. The actual cost of this has still to be agreed. The website displays a message from each Consortium detailing when this information will be finalised.

Q. Who leads each SIEF and how do we communicate?
A. The lead registrants are likely to be confirmed as BP for acetic acid and acetic anhydride and Celanese for vinyl acetate. Communication will be via the website www.acetylsreach.com, or by e-mail for example, info@acetylsreach.com, aceticacid@acetylsreach.com, aceticanhydride@acetylsreach.com or vinylacetate@acetylsreach.com. This communication service may be administered, on behalf of the Lead Registrant, by a service group.

Q. Why did I receive an invitation from SIEF-IT to participate in one of the Acetyls SIEF’s?
A. The Acetyls Consortia have no intention to use SIEF-IT to communicate to SIEF members, this was not done with our knowledge.

Q. My company submission deadline is 2010, how can I monitor progress of the technical documentation required for registration?
A: The website details information of the ‘road map’ for technical dossier compilation and regular website updates display news of progress

Q. Are there read-across opportunities for substances within another SIEF?
A. We welcome discussions with other SIEF’s regarding read-across.

Q. After completing the enquiry form on your www.acetylsreach.co website, or e-mailing directly, I did not receive a reply. Why?
A. We endeavour to answer all enquiries as quickly as possible. Our e-mail to you may have been rejected by your SPAM filter. Have you checked in your SPAM mailbox? If possible, please change SPAM filters such that acetylsreach.com is a ‘trusted sender’ and mail from us may then arrive directly to your Inbox.