18 June 2013 10:48 [Source: ICIS news]
HELSINKI (ICIS)--A total of 6,600 substances have been registered under the first two phases of the Reach chemicals registration programme, the executive director of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) said on Tuesday.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the Helsinki Chemicals Forum, Finland, ECHA executive director Geert Dancet said that the 2,923 new materials registered under the second Reach deadline – which closed on 31 May - brought the total to 6,600.
The deadline, which covered materials produced in quantities of 100 to 1,000 tonnes, means that all medium-volume chemicals sold in Europe are now in the process of being registered, Dancet added. A total of 9,084 registration dossiers were submitted for the deadline.
Dancet said: “The industry is [now] more health and safety-conscious, and has taken considerable steps in assembling their substance portfolios with an H&S agenda in mind.
"NGOs [non-governmental organisations] have heavily promoted the substitution of the most hazardous chemicals. We should not overlook that this has entailed a significant [shift] away from higher-risk chemicals,” he added.
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