03 June 2013 13:37 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS)--More than 9,000 substance registrations were made by the second deadline for the EU’s Reach chemicals control legislation on 31 May with a rush at the last minute, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) said on Monday.
Registrations were made later than expected largely because companies were faced with having to simultaneously deal with Reach registrations, evaluations and authorisations, European chemicals trade group Cefic said.
Reach is a system whereby sellers of chemicals in the EU are expected to register those chemicals, which are then evaluated for health and safety and authorised for sale. The EU operates a "no data, no market" policy for chemicals.
The registrations, most from large companies and 20% from "micro", small and medium-sized companies, were for chemicals manufactured or imported in quantities from 100 to 1,000 tonnes/year.
The ECHA had received 9,084 registration dossiers by the deadline, according to the available data, it said. These were for 2,923 more substances than those registered for the first Reach registration deadline.
That 1 December 2010 deadline was for high tonnage chemicals, sold in volumes greater than 1,000 tonnes/year, and for particularly hazardous or toxic substances.
Most registrations under the most recent deadline were made from Germany (31%), the UK (12%), and Italy, France and the Netherlands (8% each), the ECHA said, with 82% being joint submissions made firstly by a “lead registrant” and then followed by other substance consortium members. Full data for this registration period will be available in September, it said.
"Only representatives", working on behalf of non-European companies, made 23% of the latest batch of registrations.
Solvay, of Belgium, and France-based producer Arkema said they had each completed their second deadline Reach submissions. A third Reach deadline, for substances produced and sold in the EU in volumes at or above 1 tonne/year, is 31 May 2018.
"This second REACH deadline is yet another milestone on the journey towards the safe use of chemicals in Europe,” ECHA executive director Geert Dancet said.
“Overall, the registration process worked well and industry responded actively to the 2013 registration deadline, although a significant number of lead registrants registered in the final days, which has put some members under unnecessary time pressure.
“I congratulate all successful registrants on their hard work. I would also like to remind companies that complying with Reach does not end at registration. It's only the start."
Cefic said that its member companies had been saddled with registration dossiers while having to check and update existing dossiers to ensure high quality.
“In addition, companies were hit with the results of the evaluation processes for the first time, and in some cases, authorisation, thus putting considerable strains on staff.”
Cefic director general Hubert Mandery added: “Reach is considered by companies as one of the most burdensome pieces of legislation in Europe. Unfortunately, many small- and medium-sized companies have to divert too many research and development resources to comply with it.”
The third Reach deadline in 2018 will have an impact on nearly every chemical company and their downstream users, the trade group said.
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