08 March 2007 00:30 [Source: ICIS news]
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Jeff Hafer, product steward for Rohm and Haas and a specialist in global industrial chemical control laws and regulations, said the number of regulatory programmes affecting chemicals has been increasing since the late 1990s and likely will continue to accelerate as global commerce increases and more developing nations initiate chemicals management systems.
He said the acceleration could be dated to 1998 with onset of the
The HPV measure was followed by a variety of national programmes designed to establish definitively the environmental impact of chemical inventories that previously had been assumed safe simply because they were in general commercial use with no apparent environmental or human health consequences.
Reviewing substance management systems for executives at the GlobalChem regulatory conference, Hafer said the growth of chemical controls worldwide is in part driven by expanding global commerce and the emergence of an increasing number of developing nations as chemical producers and players in international chemicals trade.
Emerging economies, such as
The widening field of national and regional chemical regulatory programmes likely will continue to expand, Hafer said, as more developing countries acquire industrial production capability. He said
“All this means that there is no simple and easy way to keep up with regulatory changes in the global market because the changes are continual," Hafer said. He urged executives responsible for corporate compliance to always consult original regulatory references for any country in which their products are sold, directly or through downstream manufacturers.
Co-sponsored by the Synthetic Organic Chemical Manufacturers Association (Socma) and the American Chemistry Council (ACC), the GlobalChem conference runs through Friday.
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