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In March 2017, collaborative approach (COLLA) pilot projects were launched for five groups of substances to explore interactions between ECHA, Member State competent authorities (MSCAs) and concerned registrants as an early support process to be applied before the start of regular evaluation processes. The projects aimed at improving the information used to decide on the needs for further regulatory risk management, in particular by inviting industry to proactively improve their dossiers. Based on the review of the pilot projects, and especially evidence of efficiency and effectiveness, it should be decided whether and which form of collaborative approach should be continued from 2018 onwards. The groups of substances selected for the COLLA pilot projects were relatively large and complex: one group comprised more than 20 substances and four groups had 6 to 8 substances each. Some of these substances were already subject to ongoing regulatory activities, and also, interest was expressed by both MSCAs and registrants. Communications and information exchange were carried out through webinars, teleconferences, physical meetings, emails and phone calls. The pilot projects were closed between February and March 2018. Reflections on the experiences gained on the collaborative approach and from working with substance groups were collected from all actors through an online survey. The results of the survey were presented and discussed in a workshop on 7 and 8 May 2018 at ECHA’s premises as well as during the Risk Management and Evaluation (RiME+) platform meeting on 15 May 2018. The review findings are summarised below. The collaborative approach is an extension of the regular manual screening, covering groups of substances and allowing for enhanced interaction with industry. The pilot projects gave all actors the opportunity to gain experience in working with groups of substances. The projects explored how the overall grouping approach can be used to clarify and address the identified concerns, and what type of supporting information is required.