09 January 2013 16:40 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS)--Chemical companies need to gear up now as the next deadline for Europe’s chemical regulation, Reach, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) said on Wednesday.
With the 31 May 2013 closing date for registering products manufactured or sold in quantities over 100 tonnes/year in Europe gets closer, it is vital for producers and exporters to Europe to make sure they are prepared, according to ECHA’s executive director, Geert Dancet.
Under Reach, companies which produce the same substance are expected to form a group known as a Substance Information Exchange Forum (SIEF). These groups appoint a lead registrant which is expected to make an initial registration with ECHA ahead of the deadline.
According to Dancet, lead registrants must be preparing now to submit registration dossiers for an earlier deadline of the end of March 2013.
“For lead registrants we’re putting out a big call out to register before the end of March. ECHA will feed back any comments on the dossier and this information will need to be fed back to the other members of the group. This is particularly important if the group is large.”
Once the lead registrant company has successfully registered he will be given login details which will enable the rest of its group to register on the website.
Dancet said it is also important for companies to ensure they meet the European Commission’s definition of a small to medium sized enterprise (SME) before applying for a reduction in fees of 30-90% depending on the size of the company. There have been a lot of cases where ECHA has found out about companies falsely claiming SME status to benefit from lower fees.
Far fewer product registrations are expected to take place under the next phase of Reach. Dancet said the figures have not been confirmed but he expects around 10,000 registrations (including 2,000 already received in 2012) compared with 25,000 for the first, higher tonnage, phase of Reach which applied to substances over 1,000 tonnes/year and carcinogenic or mutagenic substances over 1 tonne/year. Up to 3,000 new substances are expected to be registered compared with 4,000 last time.
He added: “Our view is that this deadline will apply mainly to big businesses, not such a large number of SMEs. It is the 2018 deadline (1-100 tonnes/year) which will hit SMEs more. The vast majority of registrants this time will already have experience of registration during the 2010 deadline.”
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