12 October 2005 14:41 [Source: ICIS news]
BRUSSELS (ICIS news)--European Union (EU) member states were on Wednesday in support of a more targeted approach to information requirements in Reach and closer to adopting a common political position on the proposals.
A spokesman for the chair of the union’s Competitiveness Council told ICIS news that there is now broad support for a simplified targeted approach to information requirements under the proposed new chemicals policy for the registration of substances in the one tonne toten tonne bracket.
This simplified approach was set out in the presidency’s compromise Reach draft published last month.
UK Secretary of Trade and Industry Alan Johnson, who chaired a meeting of the Competitiveness Council on Tuesday, also gained support for lessening registration requirements in the ten tonne to 100 tonne band, the spokesman said.
In the first tonnage category, some states want the simplified approach to apply only to existing substances, while others have pushed for any further registration information requirements to be kept by the registrant.
In the second, member states signalled an openness to consider an exposure based waiver for information and support for the deletion of two toxicity tests specific to the tonnage range.
"(The Council meeting) took us closer to reaching an agreement and adopting a common political position at the next meeting of the Competitiveness Council, at the end of November," the UK presidency spokesman said.
The Council will meet after thousands of Reach amendments are discussed in a plenary session of the European Parliament scheduled for November.
At the Competitiveness Council meeting, member states reiterated their concerns with the one substance: one registration (OSOR) proposal. They are worried that data sharing and joint submissions could have a negative effect on competitiveness, innovation and particularly damage small to medium sized enterprises.
The possibility of companies submitting data separately to the proposed chemical agency, had strong support from the delegates of Ireland, Spain and France, said a Council of Europe spokesperson.
The Council will consider compromises, which could restrict the compulsory sharing of data, as suggested in the UK proposals.
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