REACH and other legislations

The chemicals industry believes that EU Risk Assessments should form the basis for chemical evaluation at the EU level, because any decision taken on chemical substances which disregards EU experts' opinion creates instability for the industry, as well as potential risks for consumers.

In this regard, Cefic has made representations to the European Commission regarding the lack of coherence between the REACH regulation and other related European chemicals legislations, such as the RoHS Directive, the Water Framework Directive and the Ecolabels scheme. Cefic has strongly supported the Commission’s efforts to simplify the regulatory environment, and believes that REACH, now implemented, should be taken as the reference legislation for chemicals in Europe. Industry finds it difficult to operate when substances which have been evaluated under REACH have also to be evaluated under additional legislations which use different criteria. EBFRIP strongly endorses this industry position.