Manufacturing: Chemicals

House of Lords written question – answered on 27th March 2014.

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Photo of The Countess of Mar The Countess of Mar Deputy Speaker (Lords)

To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there are any proposals to require manufacturers of chemicals to give full disclosure of all of their research results in line with those for manufacturers of pharmaceuticals.

Photo of Lord de Mauley Lord de Mauley The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The duties and responsibilities of chemicals manufacturers and importers are set out in the EU Regulation on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH). By 2018 any producer of a chemical substance in quantities above one tonne a year must register it with the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA). The technical dossier must include study summaries of relevant physicochemical, toxicological and ecotoxicological information. ECHA is then required to make publicly available information on each registered substance, including physicochemical data and the results of each toxicological and ecotoxicological study. This information is published on ECHA’s website.

The Government does not propose to seek any increases in the registration or information duties under REACH.

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