December 2008

European Commission sees initiative on REACH as good sign

REACH substance declaration requirements are placing increasing pressure on the electronics supply chain to disclose information on hazardous substances. 

REACH (Registration, Evaluation, and Authorization of Chemicals) is the EU chemicals policy that requires companies that manufacture or import more than one ton of a chemical per year, to register it in a central database managed by the EU Chemicals Agency.

The aim of REACH is to protect human health and the environment, maintain the competitiveness of the European chemical industry, and prevent fragmentation of the internal market.

At an official ceremony in Brussels in late October, EU healthcare trade association COCIR and environmental consultancy ENVIRON signed a Memorandum of Understanding on environmental policy.

COCIR and ENVIRON's cooperation includes a new web application, BOMcheck, to reduce the costs of REACH and Restriction of Hazardous Substances compliance by compiling a centralized master database of substance declarations from suppliers. 

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COCIR member Siemens Healthcare is the first company to join BOMcheck. 

The European Commission congratulated COCIR for leading this initiative. 

Nicholas Sheble ( writes and edits Government News.