In line with the objectives of the EU’s Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability (CSS), the European Commission has published a stakeholder consultation on the review of the Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 (REACH). BeST has prepared a position paper reaffirming the crucial value of coherence and balance of EU legislation, and the need to prefer a risk-based approach over a hazard-based approach.
BeST has also highlighted the following points:
The safe use concept must be incorporated in the REACH review. A substance proven to be safe should not be object of regulatory targeting, such as the GRA or the Essential Use Concept.
A hazard-based approach would result in a reduction of the technological toolkit available to European manufacturers.
The inclusion of new obligations for lower tonnage substances will entail disproportionate burdens on highly specialised SMEs, with unintended consequences.
Industry engagement in industry data management should be improved by authorities.
To access BeST’s position paper, download the pdf file below.