Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak Tuesday called on chemical industry players, especially small and medium enterprises (SMEs), to be proactive in meeting the challenges posed by the European Union (EU)’s new chemical legislation known as REACH.

REACH (Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals) was formally proposed in December 2006 by the EU Council of Environment Ministers and came into effect from June 1, 2007.

The proposal requires industry players, including producers, importers and users of chemicals to provide public information on the chemicals they produce or import and the risks associated with their use.

“Although REACH places the responsibility on EU-based entities, Malaysian exporters to the EU will be indirectly affected as substantial information will be required by the EU importers for registration and authorisation purposes,” Najib said.

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