Forum examines plan to register chemicals

Higgs, Richard
August 2003
Plastics News;8/11/2003, Vol. 15 Issue 24, p7
Trade Publication
European plastics processors could get caught up in what promises to be the complex, bureaucratic and possibly costly fallout from the European Union's (EU) chemical policy review, warned the European Plastics Converters (EuPC), the region's trade group for processors. As downstream chemical formulators and users, Europe's thousands of small and medium-size processors are implicated in plans for registration and stringent testing of substances contained in the EU's white paper for chemicals, according to EuPC official Walter Claes. Under European Commission proposals, the region's chemical manufacturers and importers will need to register and test for safety some 30,000 chemical substances that have been on the market since the 1980s Complications for processors could arise when their use of a chemical is other than that registered by the supplier, In such cases, the processor will need to complete paperwork including a chemical safety assessment and report it to a new EU chemicals agency.


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