REACH work continues after the milestone
The implementation of the European chemicals regulation REACH is far from completed but well on its way. This is the outcome of an interim stocktaking by the German chemical industry association Verband der Chemischen Industrie (VCI). The last of a total of three registration phases for chemicals in Europe ends on 31 May 2018. By that date, manufacturers and importers need to submit to the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) in Helsinki for each substance in the volume band from 1-100 tonnes/year a dossier on the manufacture, use and safety of that chemical. Substances with higher production and import volumes had to be registered already in two earlier transitional periods to November 2010 and May 2013, respectively. Up until now, ECHA has received over 80,000 registrations for more than 20,000 substances from the entire European Union.
Gerd Romanowski, VCI executive director for science, technical and environ-mental affairs, emphasizes: “Our member companies have done their utmost to fulfil the complex and demanding requirements in a correct and timely manner. However, it must be clearly said that the implementation effort remains high for public authorities and companies even after the last registration deadline – albeit with a shifting work focus. It is essential for companies to consider this in their resource planning for the coming years.”
In its recent REACH review of March 2018 the European Commission notes that after 10 years, the REACH Regulation functions well. The Commission holds that REACH in its existing form is suitable to achieve the given goals.
Romanowski: “We welcome the fact that the EU Commission currently sees no need for amendments to the REACH Regulation as such, as the companies need legal certainty for the further implementation.”
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