UK SMEs may struggle to cope with 2018 Reach deadline: CIA

04 June 2013 10:46  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Many smaller companies may be under-prepared to deal with the 2018 registration deadline for the EU’s chemical control legislation programme Reach, the director of policy for UK trade body the Chemical Industries Association (CIA) said on Tuesday.

CIA policy director Jo Lloyd said the group is encouraging small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to start work early for the 2018 deadline, as they may struggle to cope with the time and expense demands necessary to produce data of the quality that will satisfy Reach’s registration criteria.

The third Reach registration deadline will encompass chemicals produced in quantities of more than one tonne/year, meaning that many small companies that were not affected by the previous deadlines – for more than 1,000 tonnes/year in 2007 and for over 100 tonnes/year in 2013 – may find themselves included in the process for the first time.

The CIA is expecting 20,000 chemicals to be registered for the 2018 deadline, Lloyd added. Reach administrator the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) received more than 9,000 substance registrations for the second deadline of 31 May 2013, significantly above the agency’s earlier estimates.

Lloyd said: “There is already concern that the many more SMEs who will need to register in 2018... will struggle to cope.

“We will be doing all we can to help those needing support and will be encouraging everyone to start work early, otherwise many of the 20,000 or so substances that we expect to see registered in 2018 will not be registered in time, leading to a significant supply chain disruption for both the consumer and businesses,” she added.

By: Tom Brown
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