18 March 2008 17:17 [Source: ICIS news]
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Joe Acker, president of the Synthetic Organic Chemical Manufacturers Association (SOCMA) told an industry conference that “there are significant questions about the impact of Reach on business and what benefit it will have” for the environment.
Speaking at the annual GlobalChem conference on international chemicals regulations, Acker also charged that the EU programme for the registration, evaluation and authorisation of chemicals (Reach) may expose US chemical industry trade secrets.
“We have ongoing concerns about data security within Reach for the information that US companies will have to provide,” Acker said.
Even though the Reach programme is already in force and its first deadlines for registration of chemicals and derivative or component products are near, the
Acker said that the Reach programme could have profound impact on business and commerce, and that a perceived short-term advantage that European companies might enjoy under Reach could prove to be their undoing in the end.
“We see a question about whether Reach will give a competitive edge to European chemicals manufacturers, or perhaps mark the beginning of the end of European chemicals,” Acker said.
Acker said that if the
Champ is the new North American chemicals management plan hatched by the
The Champ plan, also known as the Montebello Agreement, was widely welcomed by the
“For US chemicals to survive Reach the EPA will need our support,” Acker said.
A coalition of US chemical trade groups will soon appeal to the US Congress for special accelerated and expanded funding for EPA so the agency can speed implementation of Champ as a potential global alternative to Reach.
Cosponsored by SOCMA and the American Chemistry Council (ACC), the three-day GlobalChem conference continues through Wednesday.
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