Addressing Business Aspects of Chemical Regulation

07-04-2017

In March 2017, the online specialised media, Chemical Watch, held in Amsterdam its Global Business Summit 2017, a three-day conference addressing the business aspects of chemical regulation across the globe. FTA participated in this key event, which provided a platform for debate on regulations affecting the chemical industry along with current challenges for businesses.

FTA Senior Manager of Environmental Programmes, Anouschka Jansen, presented the challenges of conflicting legal and beyond-legal requirements and quick implementation expectations, which might not leave sufficient time for global supply chains to adapt. She used the CMR Fast Track procedure to exemplify these challenges faced by companies and their supply chains. A proposed solution would be to harmonise regulations, guidance and other support mechanisms, and provide enough time for communicating throughout supply chains.

Other crucial issues raised for companies included:

  • The confrontation with different regulatory models existing in third countries such as the US and Korea, and those currently under development in Brazil, Turkey and South Africa. Such complexity questions the need for a global regulatory framework for chemicals.
  • The need to bring safer chemicals to the market while avoiding substitution, when chemicals might be replaced by other more harmful substances.

This summit provided a good forum for discourse amongst regulators, the chemical industry, importers, producers and retailers. It was also an opportunity to reflect on the major successes and challenges of the last 10 years of REACH and to look forward to what lies ahead.

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