06 May 2010 17:43 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS news)--Authorities responsible for the enforcement of Europe’s Reach regulation are formulating guidance to prevent supply chains collapsing if a manufacturer or importer fails to register a substance, the European Chemical Agency (ECHA) said on Thursday.
New guidance being developed by the EU’s forum of enforcement authorities should give downstream users of chemicals the right to appeal for a temporary exception, to allow an illegal supplier to continue operating while alternative arrangements are put in place.
Geert Dancet, ECHA executive director, told ICIS that the group was meeting later in May to discuss how to protect supply chains which become vulnerable due to a non-compliant feedstock supplier.
“We are looking for these types of exceptions. Such an exception could not be granted under Reach,” Dancet said.
“It would be up to the enforcement authorities to grant an exception. We hope to conclude these discussions by the end of the month – to have some advice for industry on those types of exceptional situations,” he added.
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Dancet also revealed that new guidance would be published next week in the definition of intermediates. The industry has voiced a lot of concern about a lack of clarity on what counts as an intermediate.
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