Brussels, Six years after REACH came into force, industry has played a pivotal role in meeting the first two registration deadlines covering substances produced above 100 tonnes/year. However, this has not been easy, with the implementation of some aspects of REACH proving to be more difficult than initially expected. The well-intentioned creation of very detailed CSRs and the communication of exposure scenarios (ES) through the extended SDSs are cases in point. They are widely acknowledged as being cumbersome resulting in a burden for many companies.

It is a matter of being practical, to avoid all this excellent work by industry going to waste, due to information overload along the supply chain.

Cefic has been very much involved in the collaboration between ECHA, Member States and stakeholders, bringing the everyday problems experienced by companies to the table.

The roadmap aims to improve the presentation of the various technical assessments required by REACH and to develop new tools where they are needed. This will be important to improve the exchange of information along the supply chain in a more efficient and transparent way and in a language that is understandable for all. It will also look to provide more support for downstream users and end-users of chemicals - many of which are SMEs with limited internal expertise in the technicalities of CSRs and SDSs.

Cefic believes that this five-year initiative will result in an overall improvement in the quality of the information available on chemical safety. This, in turn, is expected to lead to improved communication within the supply chain and a more consistent interpretation of safe chemicals management at the working level.