06 October 2009 17:39 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS news)--Cefic has launched support services for companies participating in the Substance Information Exchange Forum (SIEF) stage of the EU's registration, evaluation and authorisation of chemicals scheme (Reach), following concerns that smaller companies were struggling with it, Europe's chemicals trade association said on Tuesday.
“To simplify the SIEF process, ReachCentrum is providing services such as SIEF communication, legal support, financial clearing house, management of letter of access and project management,” said the Cefic subsidiary ReachCentrum.
As part of Reach registration, companies wanting to register the same product have to join a SIEF, with one company then being selected as the lead registrant.
The launch of the support services comes just days after Cefic’s outgoing director general, Alain Perroy, raised concerns about the lack of any centralised forum for chemical companies to find others registering the same chemical.
Perroy added that this might result in some companies missing Reach deadlines and therefore being unable to continue to operate.
Perroy also said that small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) were now eligible for low-interest loans from the European Investment Bank to help pay for Reach registration costs.
Perroy said the European Investment Bank had always had the loans available for SMEs for investment and research.
But, he added, not all companies had been able to get the loans to help fund the Reach registration process because the attached conditions prevented those involved in animal testing from doing so.
He said these conditions had now been altered and, as a result, the loans were now available for businesses that need help paying costs related to the Reach registration process.
Companies cannot apply directly to the European Investment Bank, but instead have to go through commercial banks in their own countries.
Perroy said Cefic could provide further information on how to apply for the loans.To discuss issues facing the chemical industry visit ICIS connect
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