This regulation represents a significant source of progress in the areas of risk management and the protection of the health and safety of people and the environment. Its purpose is to register chemical substances manufactured or imported in the European Union (at least one ton per year).
An advocate of the regulation’s objectives since its inception, Arkema mobilized a team of more than 30 experts in toxicology, ecotoxicology and regulatory compliance – working both centrally within the Product Safety and Environment department as well as within the Business Lines and corporate departments – to successfully complete the final phase of registration.
What REACH represents for the Arkema group?
In total, the Group registered 425 substances, 40% of which as the lead registrant.
Compliance with these regulations represented an overall cost of approximately €65 million over the 2008–2018 period.
When the stages of registration have been completed, research on chemical substances will continue in line with the REACH regulation to further improve knowledge of their properties and applications.
Arkema joined the more than 180 companies from the chemical industry in signing up to the action plan. It fits perfectly with the Group’s product stewardship strategy, which has gone beyond the ECHA’s demands by proactively updating its dossiers to take into account new data and changes to ECHA guidelines. These proactive updates accounted for around 40% of the Group’s filings maintenance activity in 2020.
Management of REACH-defi ned substances of very high concern (SVHC)
The European Union introduced its Community Rolling Action Plan (CoRAP) right from the first phase of registration, in order to be able to identify the substances of most concern by 2027.
Since 2012, 387 substances have or will be evaluated under the plan. 34 of the Group’s substances have been listed in CoRAP Following evaluation, additional information may be requested to determine if the risks are effectively managed.
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The European Union created an agency responsible for the technical and administrative aspects of this system, the European CHemicals Agency (ECHA) based in Helsinki (Finland).
In addition to REACH, there is the CLP regulation (Classification, Labelling and Packaging) related to the classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures. The latter regulation is based on the GHS classification system.