Third round table on essential oils sees progress on REACH registration
Today, Thursday July 9, marks a decisive step
for the REACH registration of essential oils. This is of significant importance
to the several hundred SMEs operating in this industry sector and especially
producers of lavender. The search for pragmatic solutions, initiated by the
Commission and ECHA in April 2014 in partnership with stakeholder experts, has
led to significant advances including the characterization of essential oils
for the agricultural sector to specifically address the 2018 REACH
registrations with minimum disruption to the sector.
This third round table is the result of the
intensive work by stakeholders in recent months to analyze the regulatory texts,
finding realistic approaches to facilitating registration. The constant
dialogue and mutual respect throughout the process has enabled solutions to be
found without compromising the very essence of REACH, the most advanced chemical
regulatory system in the world, to protect consumer health and the environment.
Representatives of the industrial and
agricultural sectors have unanimously welcomed the commitment of the Commission
and ECHA who have engaged sincerely and shown commitment to finding a practical
framework for an economic sector often neglected and left alone to face
admittedly useful but complex regulation.
The involvement and support of Mr. Robert
Tessier, special coordinator appointed by Stéphane Le Foll, French Minister for
Agriculture, has been instrumental in creating trust and cooperation required
from the economic sector as a whole and demonstrated the support of the French
All participants expressed their desire to see
this model of dialogue become well established in the future in order to calmly
approach other issues involving the agricultural sector and small business in
general. Such an approach could be replicated for other major regulatory
initiatives, involving jointly Member States and the European Institutions.