Managing chemicals

2nd February 2015

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Alan Sweeting

Most companies are adhering to the harmonised classification of substances with carcinogenic, mutagenic or reprotoxic (CMR) properties, according to the European Chemicals Agency.

It checked about 1,400 individual substances and 23 groups of substances with a harmonised CMR classification listed in annex VI of the Classification, Labelling and Packaging (CLP) Regulation and found that around 97% adhered to the CLP.

The agency says 12 registrations will be referred to national enforcement authorities for follow-up because they are not in line with the requirements of the CLP. The Helsinki-based body has also published its REACH 2018 roadmap, which outlines its plans in the run-up to the final registration deadline.

Chemicals manufactured or imported in quantities of between one and 100 tonnes a year must be registered by 31 May 2018, and the agency expects a large number of small and medium-sized enterprises to register for the first time. “The REACH 2018 deadline may seem distant but I really urge companies to start preparing now,” said executive director Geert Dancet.


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