04 October 2009 09:11 [Source: ICIS news]
LISBON (ICIS news)--Many small and medium sized chemical companies will not meet the first Reach registration deadline and will be forced out of business, outgoing Cefic director general Alain Perroy said late on Saturday.
“If they miss the registration then they are out of the market, they are dead,” Perroy told a press conference at the Global Chemical Industry European Conference.
The first Reach registration deadline is 1 December 2009 and Perroy said there were “major” problems with the SIEF (Substance Information Exchange Forum) step critical to the data gathering necessary for substance registration.
“The agency needs to organise that one place where everyone, who wants to register [the same chemical] can come together,” he said.
“Many, many companies are confused,” he added.
Cefic, the European chemical industry trade group, believes the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) needs to set up an IT tool to help companies find each other. “It is a tool that is urgently needed,” Perroy said.
“We [Cefic] are backing ECHA as much as we can to sort out the difficult SIEF issue, but there are limitations to what can be achieved by private organisations when guidance and support related to the regulation is insufficient,” he said.
Both Perroy and Cefic president Christian Jourquin said implementation of the Reach chemicals registration, evaluation and authorisation legislation was proving to be more complex than expected by registrants.
“The final success of Reach is not in doubt and the chemical industry is working hard to ensure its success,” Jourquin said.
“However, I am not alone in voicing concern about the difficulties, which the registration process is facing. EU authorities, and ECHA in particular, must recognise these problems and address them by clarifying a number of crucial issues,” he added.To discuss issues facing the chemical industry go to ICIS connect
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