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HCF 2019 Panel 2: Maggie Saykali

Panel 2: Grouping of chemical substances and how to avoid regrettable substitution

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HCF 2019 Panel 2: Maggie Saykali

  1. 1. Grouping of Chemicals and Substitution Helsinki Chemical Forum 2019 2 3-05-19 Maggie Saykali – Cefic Specialty Chemicals
  2. 2. Page 2 Cefic: The voice of the chemical industry in Europe • Based in Brussels since 1972 • One of the largest industry trade organizations in Europe and in the world • 30 National Chemical Federations across Europe • Over 500 direct Company Members from Europe, • 40 Associate Companies from around the world, • 60 Partner Companies • More than 20 Partner Associations • Close cooperation with the other regions in the world through ICCA. We interact every day on behalf of our members with international and EU institutions, non- governmental organisations, the international media and other stakeholders Over 80 sector groups are represented by Cefic in three industry sectors: Euro Chlor / Halogens, Petrochemistry Europe, Specialty Chemicals
  3. 3. Page 4 The Chemical Industry and innovation The Chemical industry thrives on innovation and develops new chemicals every day: 700 billion EUR are invested every year in R&D • Improving performance and functionality • Looking for better, safer and more affordable substances • Meeting the needs of customers • Anticipating new regulations
  4. 4. Page 5 Substitution is an innovation opportunity The challenge: Improve performance whilst ensuring that any potential risks are assessed and managed. Holistic assessment based on: • Full LC Assessment • Technical and process performance • Safety data • Health and environmental properties • Fitness for use • Availability and affordability of raw materials This is needed to avoid regrettable substitution.
  5. 5. Page 6 Substitution and beyond • The decision to substitute is for each company to make on an individual basis, in compliance with competition law. • Substitution may need time to develop new technologies and enable investment plans. • Substitution can go beyond the product phase, thinking about recycling and the re-use of waste. • Substitution is not the only possible Risk Management Option.
  6. 6. Page 7 Grouping of chemicals • Can be a useful and efficient tool if based on robust and justified scientific criteria. • As a tool for registration of substances. • As a first approach for regulatory assessments.
  7. 7. Page 8 Grouping of chemicals For a thorough, in-depth assessment, a one-size-fits-all approach to regulating chemicals as a class should not be considered. • Substances that have a similar basic structure can have different tox/ecotox properties. • A similar family name is not sufficient reason for grouping. • Widespread adoption of standard, validated approaches will increase trust in the results. • ECHA guidance on grouping and read-across is a good basis on which to build.
  8. 8. Page 9 In conclusion • Substitution is an innovation opportunity. • Substitution is one of the RMOs available but there can be others. • Regulators can stimulate substitution. • The grouping of chemicals for the purpose of substitution has to be justified on the basis of evidence. • Results of RMOA of substitutes have to be accepted by all stakeholders.
  9. 9. Page 10 The only way forward is through dialogue and cooperation