Industry REACH concerns resurface
Trade organizations in the British chemical industry have voiced serious doubts over the workability of the planned REACH regulations.The Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals plans have always faced opposition from industry, while NGOs have argued they are not bad for business and will provide added protection for the environment (see related story).
But the British Chemical Distributors and Traders Association (BCDTA) and Chemical Industries Association (CIA) say they are not opposed to the legislation's aims, just its practical application.
Judith Hackitt, CIA Director-General, said, "We fully support the legislative objectives of REACH, but the success and effectiveness of a single new regulation covering chemicals depends on several crucial workability issues being urgently resolved."
The concerns revolve around red tape, inefficiency and fears that commercial confidentiality would be breached.
The issues the trade organisations believe need to be resolved are 'crucial to the workability' of REACH are:
By Sam Bond