27 October 2005 11:05 [Source: ICIS news]
SHANGHAI (ICIS news)--The European Union's (EU's) proposed new chemicals policy Reach will have a detrimental impact on the competitiveness of European producers unless it is implemented globally, Thierry Le Hénaff, president and chief executive of Arkema, said on Wednesday.
"We think Reach is good for the EU but it must be developed worldwide as it impacts on the competitiveness of European companies. Everyone should have the same level of constraint," head of the vinyls to performance chemicals subsidiary of ?xml:namespace>
"We are involved in 370 substances and we are supporting Reach to make the law relevant," Le Hénaff added. "We will focus on evaluation to establish the reality of the risks but we believe the findings should be published," he said.
Reach (the registration, evaluation and authorisation of chemicals) involves an initial registration phase and then evaluation of the safety and environmental data available on many thousands of chemicals produced by the chemical industry.
So far, Reach proposals have been vehemently rejected by the
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