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REACH: an interim balance after 5 years

Thursday, 13 December 2012 | Posted by: Damir Gagro, European Coatings Journal

Top or flop? The European Commission is about to publish its results at the beginning of 2013, however, results of some studies have already been published.

On 1 June 2007 REACH entered into force with its objective to better protect human beings and the environment from harmful effects caused by chemicals. Additionally, the regulation enhanced the flow of information to achieve safe handling of chemicals of the entire value chain. Furthermore, the European Union wanted to strengthen competiveness and innovation.

But now after 5 years, what’s the interim balance? At the "Reach Congress 2012”, organised by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety and Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health at the beginning of December, experts discussed their experiences and the already published results regarding the regulation. Kerstin Heitman, Head of REACH UMCO Umwelt Consult GmbH, summed up positive and negative results, such as the improved availability of information for registered substances, but also the higher costs, which are higher than expected.

What is your balance after "5 years of REACH”? Do the positive outweigh the negative changes, or vice versa? And to what extent has the EU achieved to strengthen competiveness and innovation with the regulation? Or are these points left behind?  

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