26 November 2008 18:50 [Source: ICIS news]
COLOGNE, Germany (ICIS news)--BASF had yet to complete its pre-registrations under the EU’s Reach chemicals control scheme at the end of last week, just days before the 1 December deadline, Andreas Kicherer, head of the chemical giant’s Reach advisory service, said on Wednesday.
“Our people are working from 4:30 in the morning and late in the evening to avoid the times at which the European chemical agency’s (ECHA’s) Reach IT system is most overloaded,” he said at the 7th European Aromatics & Derivatives Conference.
As the Reach deadline approaches, many companies and traders selling chemicals into the EU, particularly from outside the union, have still to pre-register. If legal entities do not pre-register under Reach they will need to spend heavily to complete a full product registration under the new law.
Chemical producers and distributors have complained about Reach IT driven pre-registration delays but to little effect.
More than 1.5m pre-registrations have been made under Reach covering 51,000 substances.
BASF has pre-registered more than 5,000 products but its pre-registrations from European and non-European subsidiaries will be many times that.
It expects to spend €50m/year ($65m/year) on Reach, a total over the lifetime of the registration, evaluation and authorisation of chemicals scheme of €550m.
The chemical industry will spend an estimated €4bn on Reach, with €3bn of that amount on toxicological and other product safety studies, Kicherer said.
($1 = €0.77)
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