From ECHA, 2 March 2016- “The Agency will apply a two year ‘moratorium’ on updates to the majority of its guidance on REACH before the 31 May 2018 deadline. It concerns any guidance that explains the registration requirements. The moratorium is set to begin on 31 May 2016. The purpose of this stand-still period is to provide a sufficiently long period of stability for future registrants to undertake their preparations and negotiations in the substance information exchange forums (SIEFs) undisturbed.
Guidance documents will only be updated during the moratorium in rare cases, e.g. when REACH legislation has been modified or IT tools updated. However, the Agency recognises that some aspects of guidance directly related to registration (such as the Guidance on Registration itself and the Guidance on data sharing) will still be under consultation after 31 May 2016. Further updates on which documents will be subject to change during the moratorium will be given by ECHA before 31 May 2016.”