Two useful tips for global registration of chemicals

Two useful tips for global registration of chemicals

Chemicals are part of our daily lives and are contained in almost all the products we handle – from preservatives in personal care products and coatings inside food packaging to bromated flame retardants covering our IT and home appliances.

What challenges do manufacturers face?

Producing – and providing – safe products documented evidence That they are safe to use – major challenges for all manufacturing industries. Beyond addressing general consumer safety, this also means complying with the regulation of chemicals in all markets where the products are to be sold. Given the number of national regulations around the world, this can be quite a task. In addition, political awareness to protect people and the environment from the effects of hazardous chemicals is high on the agenda in many countries.

So how should companies ensure compliance with the regulations?

Regulatory compliance has become a necessity and a way to secure your market. The European Union’s chemicals regulation, REACH, has set an entirely new standard for harmonized registration of chemicals and has taken similar initiatives to strengthen chemicals legislation around the world.

There are two smart tips you should follow to register your chemicals globally:

Tip 1: Build a Core Data Set to Reduce Your Regulatory Burden

An essential part of any chemicals regulation is the registration scheme, where authorities obtain and maintain information about the environmental and human health effects of chemicals used and sold in their markets.

Meeting the data requirements for different registration schemes can be quite challenging as the guidelines and data requirements vary across the globe.

It is therefore important for international manufacturers and suppliers to devise a strategy for regulatory compliance in order to secure their markets in the most efficient way possible.

,We recommend starting by collecting the substance data for each chemical in your product portfolio. In other words, you should create a core data set of all the chemicals you supply.’

To do this, you must collect information on at least the following:

  • Identification of the substance, such as the substance’s unique CAS number
  • Physico-chemical data of matter
  • Toxicological and ecotoxicological data, i.e. how the substance may affect human health and/or the environment

Tip 2: Compare Data Requirements for Similarity

On the one hand, the requirements for registration of chemical substances are increasing globally.

On the other hand, the trend is also towards more consistent rules and data requirements as different rules become more uniform. An example is the data requirements for the smaller tonnage band (10 – 100 tonnes per year), which are fairly similar in the European Union, China and Korea.

‘Therefore, you should devise a strategy to meet the data requirements for the markets in your product portfolio. By creating an overview of the commonality in data requirements, you will save both time and money.’


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Solve regulatory challenges today. Make the necessary provisions and avoid being overtaken by stricter regulation, or worse – by more forward-looking competitors.

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Jens Torslov, Vice President, Industry

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