Brazil’s Braskem completes first phase of REACH compliance

30 March 2009 21:31  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS news)--Brazil’s Braskem has completed the first phase of REACH, the EU's chemicals-control programme, but full completion will take several more years, a company source said on Monday.

Under the first phase of REACH (registration, evaluation and authorisation of chemicals), Braskem assembled a team who were responsible for a survey of all the chemicals contained in the products commercialised by the company in Europe.

Braskem is entering the second phase of the project, which covers the detailing of toxicological, eco-toxicological, security and environmental impact information for each one of the substances pre-registered at the European Agency of Chemical Substances (ECHA).

The certification was necessary to maintain commerce with Europe, which is the main destination of Braskem’s exports. Last year, 29% Braskem's exports were headed there, the company said.

With the new rules, nearly 30,000 chemical substances, or articles that contain them, must be registered with the ECHA, which regulates the entrance of chemical products to the continent.

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