The Chemical Industries Association in the UK has unveiled plans to develop a database of chemicals marketed in the UK as part of the industry's preparations for the adoption of the proposed Registration, Evaluation & Authorisation of CHemicals (REACH) regulations.
REACH, which is about to be discussed in committee-stage in the European Parliament, would require all chemicals manufactured within the EU above a certain volume to be tested and registered.
The planned database will contain information on all the chemicals marketed in the UK by CIA member companies. Work has begun to address the scope of the information to be included in the database, such as the inclusion or otherwise of waste, and whether all trade names for chemicals should be included.
The CIA's director of business and environment, Steve Elliott said: "This database is being developed as a direct response to the valid question - how many chemicals are in the marketplace and therefore likely to be affected by REACH?"
He added that the establishment of such a database is an essential step not just in terms of REACH, but also in terms of the industry's commitment to sustainable development.