REACH Legislation Could Catch Many Companies Unprepared

- Kline FlashPoint Report Discusses Strategies to Minimize Impact -

Nov 27, 2007, 00:00 ET from Kline

    LITTLE FALLS, N.J., Nov. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Many small and medium-sized
 enterprises (SMEs) selling in the European Union could be caught off-guard
 by the recently implemented REACH regulations requiring registration and
 approval of chemicals used in manufacturing, according to Kline, a
 worldwide consulting and research firm.
     REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of
 Chemicals) is a wide-ranging set of EU legislation intended to manage and
 control the risks to human health and the environment from the use of
     Many potentially affected companies may be unaware that the REACH
 legislation applies to them. For example, Kline's research shows that
 smaller companies in the recycled paper, secondary raw materials, and
 metalworking fluids industries are largely unaware of the REACH
     "REACH will impact all EU manufacturers and downstream users of
 chemicals as well as importers of chemicals into the EU," says Nancy Mills,
 FlashPoint project manager for Kline. The newly published Kline FlashPoint
 report, REACH: A Regulatory Behemoth, reviews the scope of this
 legislation, outlines its impact on businesses, and offers companies
 strategies to prepare for compliance.
     "It's important to act now to avoid future costs and the potential
 disruption of production and distribution," says Mills. "SMEs are going to
 be the most affected, since the cost of registering the chemicals used in a
 company's processes will be more deeply felt by them. Larger companies not
 only have more resources but higher volumes, which will enable them to
 lower the cost per ton of registering a chemical."
     Among the recommendations provided in the report, Kline suggests SMEs
 offering the same chemical should consider jointly pre-registering that
 chemical to reduce the cost per volume.
     For more information about REACH: A Regulatory Behemoth, go to
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