ECHA and CEFIC Sign Joint Statement

The ECHA and CEFIC signed a joint statement on June 14 in Helsinki that aims at closer cooperation in the implementation of REACH. In concrete terms, the risks of critical substances and groups of substances are to be estimated on a more scientific basis in the future while communication along the supply chain is also improved.

The ECHA promises to:

  • Inform industry when specific substances or groups of substances are difficult to evaluate and when cooperation among experts from both sides would help reach a common solution more quickly
  • Simplify such cooperation among experts, particularly before any planned regulatory measures
  • Inform companies how the quality of registration dossiers can be improved continually.

Represented by CEFIC, industry promises to:

  • Increase promotion of continuous and targeted improvement in the compliance, quality, and understanding of registration dossiers
  • Inform the ECHA when a substance or group of substances is expected to create scientific or technical challenges
  • Organize meetings of scientific and technical experts from industry to discuss any critical issues

In a joint press release, ECHA President Björn Hansen once again stressed the importance of the agreement, saying “The EU Commission has asked us in their recent report to work with industry to increase efficiencies in implementing REACH and this is a step in doing so.” Marco Mensink, General Director of CEFIC was equally satisfied, saying that close cooperation is the right step so that all REACH stakeholders can benefit along with industry and the ECHA.

You can maintain the marketability of your products by updating your dossiers regularly. If you have any questions, we are pleased to offer you support at reach@kft.de.

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