Reach regulator seeks solution as stockpiling hits supply chain

26 November 2010 16:37  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS news)--Regulators are searching for a new long-term solution for downstream chemical users whose supply chains are threatened by Europe’s Reach legislation, the agency responsible for managing the process said on Friday.

As the 30 November deadline approaches for registration by chemical producers and importers, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) already recommends stockpiling amongst downstream users who are concerned that they will no longer be able to source their raw materials.

Now the Directors’ Group – which includes ECHA, chemical producers, and downstream users – is searching for a more permanent and legal solution to ensure supply chains are not broken as stockpiles run out.

ECHA executive director, Geert Dancet, told ICIS that guidance had already been issued to downstream users of imported substances suggesting they could themselves register the substance: “They will [in effect] become new manufacturers so they can start preparing dossiers,” he said.

But no solution has been found for European manufacturers relying on a European chemical supplier which ceases production because of a failure to comply with Reach.

Dancet said: “We have agreed we must look for solutions. We are the regulator so we must apply the law. We must find a legal solution. It depends on whether we take a straight-forward interpretation of the law or [one which is] different but plausible.”

He said the issue would be discussed at the next Directors’ Group meeting in January. The European Commission and member states might have to help find or approve any new procedure, Dancet added.

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By: Will Beacham
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