New EU regulations requiring registration, evaluation and authorisation of nearly all chemical substances supplied in Europe are now in force (REACH). They require a phased approach to registration over the next 9 years, starting with the largest volume substances.
Croda recognises that REACH is a reforming and radical approach to chemical regulation and we will play our part in ensuring that the industry achieves the ultimate goal of ensuring there is sufficient information on chemicals made and used within the EU. There will be a demand for higher levels of proof of performance and environmental acceptability for novel products, but Croda sees this as a positive move for the high-tech European chemical industry with its close links to the end consumer markets.
Croda started preparing for compliance on REACH as far back 2004, assembling a high level Steering Group to assess, evaluate and define the strategic impact of these regulations. Extensive analysis and communication of REACH and the potential impact on both existing and future products has been completed within Croda, and an implementation plan agreed to ensure that all substances in our products, intermediates and key raw materials would be identified and pre-registered as required before 1st December 2008.
“Croda has successfully completed pre-registration and we are able to reassure our customers that all substances within the products supplied by Croda into Europe that fall under the REACH regulations are pre-registered for use until their required phase-in registration dates”.
This ensures the continued ability of Croda to manufacture and import substances falling under the scope of REACH. We have worked closely with our suppliers and customers worldwide to assist in their understanding and preparation for REACH. Our view is that REACH is complementary to our company commitment to ensure there is an adequate understanding of the hazards of the chemicals we make and use, and to innovate with technology that improves chemical safety profiles for humans and the environment. We see our current best practice in communicating information on the hazards and safe use of our products as consistent with these objectives under REACH.
“To help communicate with our customers, Croda has recently launched a web portal dedicated to our approach to REACH www.REACHforCroda.com”
Here customers can find information on Croda’s policies, answers to many key questions they may have and provide Croda with information on product end usages to allow us to complete relevant risk assessments on the exposure of humans and the environment to our chemicals.