20.02.2017

REACH Authorisation: Positive Opinions for Dow and EDCAC members for uses of 1,2-dichloroethane

ECHA’s Committees for Risk Assessment (RAC) and Socio-economic Analysis (SEAC) have recently published their final ‘combined’ opinion on Dow’s (Dow Italia S.R.L and Dow France SAS) industrial use of 1,2-dichloroethane (EDC) as a sulphonation swelling agent of polystyrene-divinylbenzene copolymer beads in the production of strong acid cation exchange resins. In their positive opinion the committees recommended a 12 years review period. FoBiG and their authorisation associates, RPA, were responsible for the development of the EDCAC (EDC Authorisation consortium) application dossiers and collaborated with Dow representatives throughout all stages of the process.

Mieke Diebold, EHS Product Steward Manager at Dow Chemical Company, noted that “Dow is very pleased with the outcome of the ECHA opinion” and highlighted that “the cooperation and communication with both FoBiG and RPA was professional, efficient and all time corridors were met”. Further discussing the parties’ collaborative efforts, Ms Diebold noted that “both RPA and FoBiG are committed to get the job well done. They have the required background knowledge and are always ready to assist, both during the dossier creation and the communications with ECHA after the submission. Throughout the process, RPA and FoBiG were reliable and experienced partners. I can highly recommend them!”

If you would like to find out more about FoBiG’s REACH sevices regarding authorisation please contact Klaus Schneider.