Reach deadline unlikely to cause supply chain disruptions - CIA

19 October 2010 12:45  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--The European Chemicals Agency's (ECHA) Reach registration deadline is not expected to cause supply chain disruptions, the UK’s Chemical Industries Association (CIA) said on Tuesday.

The CIA will also not call for a postponement of the first Reach registration deadline 30 November 2010 for 1,000 tonnes/year of chemicals and substances of very high concern (SVHCs)  or for a “period of grace” for enforcement of the legislation.

Downstream users in the UK have sought EU-wide support for a postponement of the deadline, expressing fears that some chemicals vitally important to various industrial processes might not be registered in time, if at all, under Reach.

Reach is the EU’s registration, evaluation and authorisation of chemicals scheme. Trade groups representing the engineering, glass, paper and other sectors have warned of a “discontinuity risk” if supplies of some chemicals were threatened.

“We would not welcome a delay in Reach implementation at this very late stage,” the CIA said in a statement, adding that its member companies were committed to meeting the first registration deadline.

“We are sympathetic to downstream user concerns over the status of their substance, however, we have to date not received any indication that critical substances due for registration by November 2010 will be not registered in time or that we will experience major disruption of the supply chain,” the CIA added.

Approximately 4,500 substances are expected to be registered by the 30 November deadline, the CIA said. More than 6,000 registration dossiers covering 2,200 substances have been submitted to the ECHA by the beginning of October, according to the trade association.

Director of the REACHReady advisory service, Joanne Lloyd, also said she did not expect supply chain disruptions. “The challenge for downstream users will be to source a new supplier rather than re-engineering a product.”

She warned, however, of the “no data, no market” rule that applies to suppliers of chemicals to the EU market from 1 December.

“I also know of a few companies who have only just started to think about registering when they have an obligation to do so this year particularly in petrochemical or metals trading businesses  and who at this late stage face a major challenge if they are to register in time as they have little understanding of what registration involves or how to engage in the SIEF process to gain access to the data they need.”

SIEFs, or substance information exchange forums, are the mechanisms through which multiple suppliers are encouraged to make single substance registrations.

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By: Nigel Davis
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