4,300 chemicals registered by Reach deadline - ECHA

01 December 2010 12:41  [Source: ICIS news]

EU reaches first Reach deadlineLONDON (ICIS)--A total of 4,300 substances were registered under the EU’s Reach chemicals regulation by the 30 November deadline, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) said on Wednesday, including 900 not sold in Europe when the regulation became law.

By the first Reach registration deadline - for substances sold in the EU in volumes greater than 1,000 tonnes/year and substances of very high concern (SVHC) - 24,675 registration dossiers had been successfully submitted, it said.

Large companies made abut 86% of the registrations and small to medium sized firms 14%. About 19% of registrations were made by non-EU manufacturers through ‘only representatives’. Most registrations came from Germany, the UK, the Netherlands, France and Belgium, the ECHA said.

“This is a momentous day - something that many people inside and outside Europe have been working towards since the REACH regulation was published at the end of 2006,” said ECHA executive director Geert Dancet.

"I congratulate companies for rising to the challenge to comply with REACH; colleagues in the member states and the European Commission for their support to companies and to my Agency; and my own staff who have performed magnificently in enabling this to happen.”

Chemical producers and companies in often lengthy chemicals supply chains have been highly critical of the Reach registration requirements while broadly supporting the thrust of the legislation which was designed to promote better health, safety and environmental protection in the EU.

Concern has been expressed that some industrial supply chains could be disrupted by the Reach registration process and that important industrial production could move outside of the EU because of the Reach registration requirements.

The EC said it would release a full Reach statement on Wednesday but said initially that chemicals use in the EU would be safer because of the legislation.

“As a result of Reach, European industry will possess more in-depth knowledge of the potentially hazardous effects of the chemicals they are dealing with. This will lead to safer use of chemicals, increased industrial competitiveness and a cleaner environment,” it said.

The ECHA said its financing was secure given that the number of registrations was in line with EC estimates on which that funding is based.

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By: Nigel Davis
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