Market Trend European Chemical Industry Focuses on Implementing ‘Reach’

Editor: Ahlam Rais

Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (Reach) is the largest environmental regulation formulated by the European Union. With the assistance of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), Reach aims at improving the quality of data present in numerous Reach dossiers.

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The chemical industry has directly contributed to the development of the most comprehensive database on chemicals in the world.
The chemical industry has directly contributed to the development of the most comprehensive database on chemicals in the world.
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Belgium – ‘Reach’ is the largest environmental regulation produced by the European Union, and companies are continuing to work hard on its implementation. By submitting more than 90,000 registrations for almost 22,000 substances since the beginning of ‘Reach’, the chemical industry has directly contributed to the development of the most comprehensive database on chemicals in the world.

No other region in the world is following Europe in this respect or comes even close to the amount of work done. The task at hand for both large and small companies is enormous, especially as lack of enforcement allows foreign competitors to freely compete on the European market without the same efforts.

Marco Mensink, Director General at Cefic says, “The European chemical industry makes ‘Reach’ work, already today. We take ECHA’s findings that the quality of data in a number of Reach dossiers need improvement seriously and we will be fully transparent about our actions to remedy the situation where it is appropriate. The industry is already actively working with ECHA and the European Commission to identify those areas where improvements are needed.

The issues raised by the Bund report are not new as all involved are already working on this issue. This type of messaging is not helpful at all, nor is the individual naming and shaming of companies who are working hard to effectively and efficiently address ‘Reach’ dossiers in line with the latest methodologies, guidance and better use of alternative strategies to minimise testing on animals".

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