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09-16-2015

EPDA Urges Manufacturers to Register their Chemicals

Plastics suppliers are being urged by the European Plastics Distributors Association (EPDA) to ensure they are compliant with the latest legislation for restricted substances, as the deadline approaches for SMEs to register existing chemicals used in production processes.

EPDA, the voice of the European plastics distribution industry, says the latest Classification, Labelling and Packaging (CLP) regulation came into effect on June 1 2015. Related to the plastic industry, from this date plastic resin suppliers are required to provide a safety data sheet for a substance, or a mixture classified as dangerous according to the Dangerous Preparations Directive.

Tightening restrictions to include mixtures is to ensure suppliers communicate enough information along the supply chain to allow safe use of their products. An enormous number of goods must now be re-labelled to comply with CLP, including consumer items such as paints or detergents, as well as industrial mixtures. Like the CLP directive, unambiguous substance identification is a prerequisite to most of the European Union’s REACH regulation, which is being phased in over 10 years to improve the protection of human health and the environment from the risks that can be posed by chemicals.

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has adopted a REACH Roadmap to ensure all potentially hazardous chemicals, including new substances and those imported from outside the EU, are registered, culminating with the 31 May 2018 deadline for plastics companies that manufacture or import substances in low volumes, between 1-100 tonnes a year. Larger suppliers have already been targeted by previous deadlines since 2008 during the registration process. This has resulted in an ongoing candidate list of potentially hazardous substances published on the ECHA website, which must be checked by plastics suppliers, before using new or imported materials in production.

Once the EU registration process is successfully completed, EPDA hopes that the increased knowledge that suppliers gain of chemicals from the information in ECHA's database will enhance the competitiveness of the European plastics industry.

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