REACH Will Cost Dutch SMEs More Than 4 Billion Euros

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Registration chemicals has huge financial impact REACH enormously increases the costs of Dutch small and medium sized entrepreneurs. This is the result of a research by two institutes Panteia & IVAM . Dutch Secretary of State for Environment, Mrs. Wilma Mansveld, who commissioned the research, yesterday sent the report to the Parliament. The report states that REACH – the European regulation on the production and use of and trade in chemicals – will cost Dutch SMEs annually between €425 million and €670 million. That equals to on average €24.500 per company. President Ineke Dezentjé – Hamming of the association of the Dutch technology industry, FME: “The administrative burden of REACH causes great concern. We urge that the Government will take measures to reduce the costs.”   According to the report, between 2013 and 2018 the Dutch SME will spend more than four billion on REACH. That is three times as much as previously expected. President Ineke Dezentjé – Hamming of the association of the Dutch technology industry, FME stated: “Obviously the FME supports the objective of REACH, safe handling of chemicals and environmental protection. However, it can and should be done more efficient, in particular because the report shows that the costs are exploding.” FME thinks the cost can be reduced by 1 billion euro. Take the safety data sheets (SDS), for example. They used to have approximately twenty pages. Nowadays a SDS has an average of 120 pages, and that can even reach more than 200 pages. Most companies deal with multiple chemical substances, leading to a few thousand pages of reading material. Also the fact that each business must perform a risk analysis, is not efficient and is a waste of money. For operations such as painting, spraying, degreasing all companies do more or less the same risk … Read More

9030 REACH Registration Dossiers Granted Registration Numbers in 2013

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The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) made public in a press release from September 10th 2013 that 3,215 companies had submitted 9084 registration dossiers by the 31st May 2013 deadline. Additionally, 270 dossiers linked to the 2013 deadline have been received by the agency since then. ECHA assessed the completeness of all submitted dossiers by 31st August, after which it granted registration numbers to 9,030 dossiers.

REACH: Inspections Show Huge Non-Compliance

REACH Compliance

An investigation by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has uncovered that of a total of 1 181 companies inspected, 67% did not comply with one or more provisions of obligations under REACH and rules on the classification, labelling and packaging (CLP) of chemicals. This dramatic non-compliance percentage shows that there is still a lot of work to be done in training and in enforcement in order to improve the performance. The ECHA Forum’s second enforcement project (REF-2) focused on checking the compliance of downstream users – particularly formulators of mixtures – with the essential requirements of the REACH and CLP regulations. This enforcement project promoted a level playing field through the harmonisation of enforcement approaches in the Member States and fostered cooperation between inspectors. It was carried out in 29 Member States or EEA countries. The project’s operational phase was carried out from May 2011 until March 2012. The national enforcement authorities inspected 1 181 enterprises covering 6 900 substances, 4500 mixtures and 4500 safety data sheets (SDSs). The majority of the inspected companies were small or medium-sized. More than half of the inspected companies were not only active as downstream users but also in additional roles, e.g. as manufacturers, importers, distributors and only representatives.

REACH, European rules for chemicals

In 2007, the EU introduced new rules for the chemical industry — the REACH package — are set to improve our health and protect the environment. Obliging companies to register and provide information on the chemicals they use should enable public authorities to identify their properties more quickly and accurately. Particularly severe on toxic products, the new rules will encourage the European chemicals industry to develop new substances that are less harmful for people and the environment. As a result, the sector itself should also gain a lead in innovative and sustainable technologies.

EU bans DMF in consumer products such as toys and orders recalls

The European Commission bans DMF in consumer products such as toys and shoes and orders a recall of products with DMF in the market. The biocide dimethylfumarate (DMF) has caused severe allergic reactions, including skin itching, irritation, redness, burns and, in some cases, acute respiratory difficulties.

EU Member States approve world-wide rules for labelling of chemicals

The European Commission welcomes the agreement by the EU Member States to align EU legislation on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures to the United Nations Globally Harmonised System (GHS). This new system will ensure that the same hazards will be described and labelled in the same way all around the world. By using internationally agreed classification criteria and labelling elements, it is expected to facilitate trade and to contribute towards global efforts to protect humans and the environment from hazardous effects of chemicals. The new regulation will complement the REACH regulation on the registration, evaluation, authorisation and restriction of chemicals. The European Parliament already the 3rd of September this year approved the GHS regulation. The next step will be its publication in the Official Journal, thereby making the EU one of the international leaders in the actual uptake of the UN system.