Arkema and Rhodia complete Reach first phase registrations

26 November 2010 15:33  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Both Arkema and Rhodia have completed their initial phase Reach registrations, the companies said in separate statements on Friday.

Arkema said it had met EU requirements by registering 140 substances produced or imported in annual quantities of 1,000 tonnes or more a year, as well as those designated as substances of very high concern (SVHC).

This represents one third of the 430 substances it produces covered by the Reach regulation, it said.

Rhodia said it had registered 74 substances in the first tonnage band, a process that had involved 80 employees and cost €12m ($16m).

The company said it pre-registered 736 substances in November 2008 and is prepared for the registration of 130 chemicals in the 100 to 1,000-tonne band by 1 June 2013, and some 500 substances in the 1 to 100 tonne band by 1 June 2018.

Arkema added that, based on its major status in a number of key chemical sectors, it had acted as lead registrant in over 60 dossiers.

“This initial registration phase has been an opportunity for Arkema to put in place an extensive communication and exchange process with both suppliers and customers, in particular by taking full account of the uses they make of our products,” said Jean Morch, Vice President Safety and Environment.

“Much more than a regulation, Reach helps improve comprehensive, systematic and in-depth knowledge of all our products,” he added.

Jean-Luc Ponchon, Reach Product Manager at Rhodia, said: “By providing better information about chemicals, this regulation should help the chemical industry to win back the confidence of consumers."

Overall in Europe, there are likely to be between 25,000 and 30,000 individual registrations of around 3,000 substances, the European chemicals trade federation Cefic told ICIS.

ECHA data on Thursday showed that 15,367 substance dossiers had been registered to date.

($1 = €0.75)

Nigel Davis contributed to this article

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