Buyers and suppliers 'should shape chemicals laws'

14 March 2007
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14 March 2007 | Antony Barton

Chemicals buyers are to be consulted on EU legislation, which the UK government has warned will have "far-reaching implications" for the sector. All businesses that buy, supply or use chemicals are to be invited to present their views.

A consultation document published yesterday covers issues including regulation enforcement, the extent of their powers and the range of information that should be made available to them.

Under the Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals regulation, which comes into effect on 1 June, all manufacturers, importers, distributors and professional users who market or use chemicals must ensure they are registered with the new European Chemicals Agency in Helsinki.

A spokeswoman for the UK's Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which published the consultation document, told that even though chemicals produced or imported in quantities under one metric tonne would be exempt, the impact of possible cost increases for suppliers with some chemicals may impact on other products in the supply chain.

The consultation document can be reached on the link below. The 12-week consultation period will end on 4 June 2007.


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