The Plastics Industry State of play

The European Plastics Converters (EuPC) in association with Polymer Comply Europe (PCE) held a REACH Workshop: The Plastics Industry State of play with practical examples on 17 and 18 March 2016 in Brussels.

The second day of EuPC’s workshop was dedicated to risk management options for substances and enforcement. Klaus Berend, the Head of Unit REACH at DG Grow presented how to implement REACH in a streamlined way, covering steps such as RMOA, Authorisation and Restriction. Klaus Berend declared: “The authorisation process has proven to improve safety and encourage substitution. On the other hand, the Commission works on improving predictability, clarifying requirement and reducing burdens by simplifying in specific cases such as low volume and legacy spare parts, and making application dossier and fees fit for purpose.”

National Expert Dr. Jochem F. M. van der Waals from the Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment shared the Netherland’s experience on Risk Management for chemicals. He stated: “The RMOA aims at finding a policy option which is effective, proportionate, practicable and regulatory consistent to improve protection of health and the environment. Availability of exposure data at an early stage is key in making the right choice.”

During the workshop, ECHA’s Scientific Officer Denis Mottet shared knowledge gained from past experiences with authorisation applications. In addition, industry experts were represented by Christian Schmitt, REACH Substance Coordinator Performance Chemicals Division of BASF, who presented Risk Management Option Analysis of the UV absorber. Examples of ADCA substance were presented by Sabine Dröge, Legal Assessor and Deputy Managing Director of PolyComply Hoechst, addressed different Risk Management Options for substances used exclusively in industrial settings and already subject to workplace legislation.

Last but not least Michel Baumgartner, Secretary General of EUROPUR and EURO-MOULDERS, together with Ronal Van den Bosch, PU, EHS, Sustainability & Compliance of Dow Benelux, presented a new approach on REACH Restriction based on the example of diisocyan


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