REACH is Europe’s ground-breaking regulation on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH
) that went into force on 1 June 2007. A.I.S.E. works closely with the European Chemicals Agency and all interested parties to ensure that REACH is effectively implemented.
Implementing REACH effectively and in a harmonised way is crucial to its success and a challenging task that A.I.S.E. has been very much involved in from the start. While manufacturers, importers or downstream users of chemicals are all affected, A.I.S.E. focuses on product manufacturers’ duties, so-called downstream users (DUs) using REACH terminology.
Representing the voice of downstream users (DUs)
|A.I.S.E. is an Accredited Stakeholder Organisation (ASO) of the European Chemicals Agency ECHA, and works together with it and all interested parties towards successful REACH implementation. We are a leading member of DUCC, the Downstream Users of Chemicals Coordination group, and also participate in several working groups from Cefic.
A.I.S.E. is a signatory of the Chemical Safety Report / Exposure Scenario Roadmap
together with other industries, ECHA and members states, signalling the commitment to improve the assessment and communication of the safe use of chemicals. Together with the other DUCC members, we have taken the lead on several action areas of this Roadmap.
Supply chain communication
Under REACH, registration is the duty of substances’ suppliers, but a good quality registration needs to be based on updated and reliable information on how products containing those substances are actually used. This requires a good communication both downstream, from registrants to DUs via the Exposure Scenarios (ESs), and upstream, from DUs to registrants via the Use maps. Downstream users such as cleaning and maintenance products manufacturers know best how products are used by their end-users and, therefore, which conditions need to be assessed by registrants in their registration dossiers.
A.I.S.E. has developed comprehensive and generic information to assist in exposure assessment for substances which are used in its product portfolio. This information is then passed on to substance suppliers to enable them to conduct appropriate risk assessments, in order to complete the substances registration dossier, demonstrate safety in use under REACH criteria, and communicate appropriate safe use conditions in the form of Exposure Scenarios (ES) along the supply chain. This will enable continued availability and safe use of chemicals to meet society's needs, as well as innovation.
The tools created by A.I.S.E. were used in the DUCC/CEFIC pilot work in 2018-2019 on exposure scenarios and supply chain communication in collaboration with CEFIC and ECHA. This exercise involved two steps: registrants testing the use-maps developed by A.I.S.E. and other sectors; and formulators testing the SUMI selection method. This valuable cooperation between registrants and downstream users enabled discussion on points of improvement to strengthen the tools.
Read more about the DUCC/CEFIC pilot on exposure scenario and supply chain communication
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