13 December 2005 17:51 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS news)--European Union (EU) member states’ vote to approve Reach was welcomed by European chemical industry trade groups on Tuesday.
Regional trade body Cefic, said political agreement was another step forward in the process leading to workable legislation. It welcomed the decision to review authorisation regularly versus the time-limited authorisation as recently voted by the EU Parliament.
“The chemical industry (also) acknowledges that substitution will not be introduced as a mandatory procedure,” Cefic said in a statement.
“The fact that the industry permanently develops new substances will be taken into account. This will require further detailed information on these new substances.”
“The chemical industry also welcomes the commitment taken by the EU Commission to develop clear criteria and guidance for the authorisation procedure, which should basically reflect the principle of 'adequate control' in the respective annexes of the Reach proposal,” it added.
Cefic noted the “various critical remarks of some member states” which called for further clarity in the authorisation process.
Echoing the Cefic view, Britain's Chemical Industries Association (CIA) said it looked forward to finalising the details on Reach, particularly of the authorisation phase.
"We are well on the way to a workable Reach which the industry can live with and which will deliver benefits and reassurance to society," CIA director general, Judith Hackitt, said.
"We can now accelerate the process of preparing industry to make sure it really works in practice," she added.
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