Rumors that European Commission or ECHA will again postpone the deadline for PCN notifications due to COVID-19 proved to be just that - rumors.
European Commission just issued the final draft of Commission Delegated Regulation, amending Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 (CLP), including an Explanatory Memorandum where they also address this issue. Here is the important bit you might be interested in:
“The Commission does not intend to postpone the compliance date of 1 January 2021 for the following reasons: The European Chemicals Agency (“Agency”) developed and published the submission format as per Part C of Annex VIII already in April 2019. Further, the Agency developed and established a searchable database which is operational since November 2019.
Concerning the readiness of the Member States’ IT systems, the preparation for their access to the searchable database is going according to plan for all Member States that have opted to use the searchable database of the Agency. Member States only get access to the searchable database if they fulfil all security requirements, so the concerns regarding security breaches are unfounded.
Regarding the delay caused by COVID-19 and the ensuing impossibility to adopt this act before the non-transmission period of the co-legislators in a certain period in summer, the Commission estimates that it amounted to approximately two and a half months. In the view of the Commission, this however does not warrant a postponement of the compliance date.”
You can access the whole document here.