Chemical Industry Regulations Ready for REACH? How SMEs Stand a Chance in the Coming Regulatory Challenge

Editor: Dominik Stephan

Forewarned is forearmed: With two years notice before new laws impact businesses, chemical companies have to start preparations now. This is especially important for small and medium enterprises.

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REACH – the Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals – requires chemicals which are manufactured in or imported to Europe in quantities between 1 and 100 tonnes per year to be registered before 1 June 2018, a change that will mostly, but not exclusively, impact small businesses.

“Two years may seem like a long time, but it is important that companies start to prepare now. Waiting till later may lead to chemicals not being able to be registered causing disruption to their manufacture and/or import with potential knock-on effects on businesses and product availability. We can win this regulatory challenge”, emphasized Silvia Segna, REACH Executive of the UK based Chemical Industries Association (CIA). The Association’s subsidiary business REACH Ready has full details and CIA has been working with Government and others to develop joint advice, as well as supporting the European Chemicals Agency in its awareness efforts.

In a major speech to Chemspec Europe 2016 on 2 June, the international exhibition for fine and speciality chemicals, the UK Chemical Industries Association has urged the world’s regulatory community to embrace early opportunities to influence fate of chemicals in the EU marketplace.

Nishma Patel, CIA’s acting Chemicals Director said “Every chemical business I know appreciates the importance of regulation. We are not about de-regulation, indeed we are here at Chemspec to make sure businesses know what they need to do to follow the law, but there is scope for businesses to get involved in the REACH processes earlier to ensure both growth and innovation of the EU chemical industry is maintained. Industry must play its part, but so too must regulators.”

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