13 July 2005 12:03 [Source: ICIS news]
Group spokesman and managing director of Lahnstein, Germany-based specialty chemicals producer Zschimmer & Schwartz, Erhardt Fiebiger, said: “It must not be the sort of political compromise that continues to be enormously cost-intensive and ultimately fails to help small and medium-sized enterprises. Because it’s irrelevant whether the registration costs that drive a company to the wall amount to 70 or 35 million euros.”
He said that it made no sense to apply Reach to harmless materials and that the outlay for registering a substance should be in line with the associated risk inherent in a particular application.
“Here we are looking for arguments that are based on the facts, which do not immediately view all chemical substances across the board as a threat to humankind and the environment, and revile the manufacturers of these materials as potential poisoners,” Fiebiger said.
SME Action Group brings together over 240 small to medium-sized chemicals companies from
Cefic (the European Chemical Industry Council) said that the social partners are “committed to contribute to a successful implementation of an improved and workable Reach but also share their joint long experience in contributing to regulation in chemicals management with other sectors”.
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