EU Report: Companies Need to Improve Chemical Safety Information for Supply Chains
A committee representing enforcement authorities from members states of the European Union has issued a report that calls for improvements in the quality of safety information that companies pass down to their supply chains.  According to a press release from the European Chemicals Agency, the report focuses on companies’ obligations under the EU’s Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and Restriction of Chemical Substances regulation to prepare exposure scenarios and pass them down to their supply chains through extended Safety Data Sheets. Enforcement officials also sought to determine whether downstream users implemented risk management measures identified in the exposure scenarios, and whether downstream users received safe-use information. Eighteen percent of companies did not comply with at least one of their obligations, according to the report. These non-compliances included failure to compile extended SDS for mixtures the companies prepare and failure to translate extended SDS into the language of EU member states where the substance was placed on the market. The report is available as a PDF. For more information, read ECHA’s press release.