Cefic has suggested the idea of fast-tracking certain types of EU registrations of chemicals to meet urgent demand during the Covid-19 coronavirus crisis.
In an interview with Chemical Watch, Cefic product stewardship executive director Sylvie Lemoine praised the European Commission and Echa for engaging “swiftly and constructively” with business groups to tackle supply chain and regulatory bottlenecks.
Echa has already pushed back deadlines for some activities, such as the start of its completeness checks of the chemical safety reports that form part of some REACH registrations, and Cefic has welcomed such actions.
The idea of fast-tracking, Dr Lemoine said, would be for substances used as ingredients for urgently needed pharmaceuticals; new ingredients that were previously produced elsewhere but now need to be produced in Europe for the first time; or for substances produced by companies that are newcomers to the market.
Another category of registration that deserves a faster process during the Covid-19 crisis, says Dr Lemoine, covers those that become necessary because a merger or acquisition changes the legal entities that produce the substance.
She adds that Cefic is “not calling for a permanent change or anything new just a need to be conscious of the needs of critical supply chains”.
Cefic is ‘not calling for a permanent change or anything new just a need to be conscious of the needs of critical supply chains’
Cefics number one priority, says Dr Lemoine, is to identify and remove all the bottlenecks whether related to transport and supply chains or to regulatory compliance. For product stewards and compliance managers the situation is “business as usual with more stress”.
Chemical watch, 30 April