European Commission rules out extension to 2010 Reach deadline

28 May 2009 10:49  [Source: ICIS news]

HELSINKI (ICIS news)--The European Commission has ruled out any extension to the December 2010 deadline for submission of dossiers for registration under Europe’s chemical regulation, Reach, the commissioner for the environment said on Thursday.

Widespread concern exists that it may be impossible for the industry to meet this deadline due to problems in the formation and functioning of Substance Information Exchange Forums (SIEFs) - groups formed of producers of the same substance – plus concerns about the functioning of the system for submitting this data.

“This timeframe has been known about since 2003 and it has been known to industry. I am not aware of any requests from industry for an extension of these times. To extend the deadline we would have to go to the European Council and Parliament," Stavros Dimas, European Commissioner for the environment told ICIS news on the sidelines of the Helsinki Chemicals Forum

“I’m sure the industry will be diligent and do the work in time,” he added.

The deadline covers chemicals which are manufactured in volumes of 1,000 tonnes or more plus a list of substances of very high concern. Detailed dossiers containing information about the safety and use of each substance must be submitted by the SIEFs.

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) is so concerned about industry missing the deadline that it yesterday announced the start of a new campaign with the motto “The clock is ticking. Form your SIEF now”.

Delegates at Wednesday’s European Chemical Agency Stakeholder Day in Helsinki also voiced concerns that a higher number of dossiers for registrations than originally expected may hamper meeting the 2010 deadline.

Companies which fail to meet the deadline will be in breach of Reach and should either cease production of the chemical concerned or face fines or even imprisonment. EU nation states are responsible for enforcement.

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By: Will Beacham
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