General Report on REACH and a review of certain elements of REACH:
- extracts from the exchange of views with Geert DANCET, Executive-Director of the European Chemicals Agency
EP Committee on Environment
Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - European Parliament
End production: 29/05/2013 First transmission: 29/05/2013
MEPs from the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety held an exchange of views with Geert DANCET, Executive-Director of the European Chemicals Agency on the general report on Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemical substances (REACH). The overall aims of the chemical strategy as implemented in REACH are to improve protection of human health and the environment from the risks of chemicals while enhancing the competitiveness of the EU chemicals industry.
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||Exterior shot of the EP, Brussels.
||Ambience shots at the EP ENVI Committee meeting (2 shots).
||SOUNDBITE (English) Geert DANCET, Executive-Director of the European Chemicals Agency: "Today, on ECHA’s website, you can find detailed information from over 33,000 dossiers, on over 8,000 individual substances on the market in Europe. Much of that information didn’t exist before REACH and now it has been brought together for anyone to see and use. Today, we also now have 138 substances of very high concern on the Candidate List and 22 substances on the Authorisation List, while we are already working towards the 2020 policy target of having all known, relevant SVHCs listed."
||SOUNDBITE (English) Geert DANCET, Executive-Director of the European Chemicals Agency: "Today’s meeting comes just before REACH’s next big milestone – the second Registration deadline for substances manufactured or imported at volumes of between 100 and 1000 tonnes. This registration deadline is Friday night".
||SOUNDBITE (English) Geert DANCET, Executive-Director of the European Chemicals Agency: "The information on chemical substances and advice on how to use them safely is the cornerstone of REACH. With high quality data, well communicated to users, risk management measures can be put in place and chemicals can be safely used. Without that data, our roses will not flourish."
||SOUNDBITE (English) Geert DANCET, Executive-Director of the European Chemicals Agency: "So far, nanotechnology seems to be under-represented in dossiers – very few of them mention nanoforms of substances. As REACH does not explicitly mention nanos, industry may not feel compelled to include them in their dossiers - even after we updated our guidance for this very purpose last year."
||SOUNDBITE (English) Geert DANCET, Executive-Director of the European Chemicals Agency: "The larger chemical companies in Europe are already convinced that the benefits of REACH are starting to outweigh the costs. That cannot be said for smaller businesses. My proposals aim to alter the negative impact and perception of REACH for SMEs."
||SOUNDBITE (English) Geert DANCET, Executive-Director of the European Chemicals Agency: "We would also like to see larger companies directly helping smaller ones on their own initiative. For example, REACH specialists in large companies could advise smaller ones, as is happening here in Belgium, and bigger companies could reduce or waive the costs of access to data for SMEs."
||SOUNDBITE (German) Richard SEEBER (EPP, AT): "SMEs are often left alone in terms of drawing up safety data. And if you look at how they work internally, often this is very hard for SMEs to have only one person working on REACH and nothing else, that's very difficult and very expensive for them".
||SOUNDBITE (English) Geert DANCET, Executive-Director of the European Chemicals Agency: "If companies are pleading the case with us, that they cannot pay the administrative charges but that they are willing to pay, we are willing to find the way to solve the problem. If not that we are indiscrimination applying brutally the rule, there is always a possibility to allow exceptions if they are really justified".
||SOUNDBITE (English) Chris DAVIES (ALDE, UK): "On animal testing, I would like to emphasise that one lobby I do get is that ECHA is not doing enough to put into practice the provisions that we put into the legislation, to try and ensure the development of alternatives to animal testing".
||SOUNDBITE (English) Geert DANCET, Executive-Director of the European Chemicals Agency: "We are very much working together with the JRC (Joint Research Centre) through our agreement in trying to find and have validated alternatives for the animal tests they are needed for the final deadline. Also here there are normally some animal test required and we are spending great efforts together with them and with the relevant research community that is working on these projects to find these alternatives, validate them and hopefully make sure that we can accept them also through the amendment of the annexes".
||Cutaways (4 shots).