REACH 2018 refers specifically to the chemical regulations regime for the European Union. But many nations around the world are using REACH as their inspiration for their national chemical regulations.
For companies participating in the European market, REACH 2018 compliance is not optional.
But what if your company wants to participate in other global markets? Does it make sense to ignore REACH… or should you be gearing up for REACH-like regulations?
Some of the countries using or planning REACH-like chemical regulations:
- South Korea
More nations, including India, have proposed REACH-like regulations, even if they haven’t begun to take action in that direction. Japan and Switzerland, for example, have made changes to their regulations to bring them more in line with REACH and may move further in this direction in the future.
For some other countries, there are aspects of the chemical regulations that are like REACH, but the overall regulation regimes are not similar enough to REACH to be called “REACH-like.” For example, both Australia and Canada require registration of new chemicals, but neither requires companies to demonstrate the safety of their substances. In both Australia and Canada, risk assessment is the job of the authorities and not of the companies.
At least for now.
Prepare for uncertainty.
One thing is certain: it’s hard to be certain about future chemical regulatory requirements. Even under REACH, some companies didn’t foresee that they would be importing or producing at the REACH 2018 covered level of one metric tonne per year. Others weren’t sure they would be working with the European market. These companies are now having to scramble to meet the May 31, 2018, deadline.
It makes sense to prepare. But how can you prepare for uncertainty?
- Organize data to be findable. If a report has to be located in a file drawer in someone’s office or in an email thread, it’s not really findable. Your data has to be available in the future, when and where it is needed.
- Plan for collaboration. If you’re not sure which markets you’ll participate in, or whether they’ll use REACH-like, regulations, you have to assume that data-sharing and collaboration will be necessary. It makes sense to begin with collaboration in mind.
- Use flexible tools.You don’t need one software solution for each country in which you do business. You need a solution that works for all the countries where you do business. Even if they use different regulatory systems.
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