‘The clock is ticking’ for Reach submissions - ECHA

27 May 2009 11:06  [Source: ICIS news]

HELSINKI (ICIS news)--The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) is so concerned about industry not meeting its 2010 deadline for Reach data submission that it is launching an awareness campaign, it said on Wednesday.

The ECHA, which is in charge of implementing Reach, the EU’s regulatory scheme for chemicals, said industry needed to act quickly to join the groups set up for manufacturers of the same substance, known as Substance Information Exchange Forums (SIEFs).

Geert Dancet, the ECHA’s executive director, unveiled a new motto: “The clock is ticking. Form your SIEF now.”

In opening remarks at the ECHA’s Second Stakeholder Day in Helsinki, he said: “It’s really important for the industry to take a lead role with Reach. We want all industry associations to put this banner on their home page.”

Any high-tonnage manufacturer or importer of chemicals in Europe must join SIEFs, which will be responsible for submitting a dossier of substance data to the ECHA by December 2010.

Companies whose SIEFs fail to meet the deadline will not be permitted to manufacture the substance if it is produced in quantities of over 1,000 tonnes/year. This deadline also applies to companies producing over one tonne/year of substances that are highly toxic.

There is a later deadline of 1 December 2013 for substances produced between 100 and 999 tonnes. The latest deadline is 1 December 2018 for tonnages between one and 99.

The ECHA said it was concerned that many SIEFs had not been formed or were not functioning effectively. Many had large numbers of members – some had thousands – and there were concerns that communication was not effective between members.

From the sidelines of the conference, Dancet told ICIS news: “This campaign has been triggered by calls from the industry to help with raising awareness all over Europe. We have accepted this challenge in helping them and we hope the whole industry will join us in spreading the news.”

The ECHA would be contacting European trade associations to urge them to use the motto on their websites, he added.

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By: Will Beacham
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