2nd IED/Chemicals WG Annual Meeting

Date: 10.02.2015
Place: Vienna, Austria
Organizer: ECRAN Secretariat

So far we have implemented the work plan for the year 2014 as agreed as a result of 1st annual meeting in Skopje on January 30, 2014. The defined tasks were taken up with a very positive feedback from the participants, indicating that these were fulfilling the various defined needs and objectives.

It has been clarified that REACH and CLP are regulations and therefore directly applicable. As they enter into force, they will automatically form part of Member States’ national laws. In order to enable REACH and CLP to operate effectively in practice, Member States are obliged to establish the necessary arrangements for their implementation. The Industrial Emissions Directive – IED-, is the successor of the IPPC Directive and in essence, it is about minimising pollution from various industrial sources throughout the European Union. An important synergy between REACH and the IED is that information on the substance under the registration and authorisation procedures may be used to support the development of BAT reference documents. The risk assessment of substances under REACH that are manufactured or placed on the market in quantities of 10 tonnes or more per year comprises the complete life-cycle of the substance and therefore includes the use and manufacture of these substances in industrial installations covered by this Directive and options to avoid and control emissions.

Compared with earlier activities under RENA, the chemicals legislation is receiving now more attention and has been included in ECRAN as a subject in combination with the IED. The importance of the subject is also reflected in the work programme of IMPEL, the network for environmental inspectors in EU member states. Within IMPEL the interlink ages between REACH and IED are being analysed. IMPEL has been one of networks we have cooperated with. By inviting experts involved in IMPEL and also those involved in ECHA (European Chemicals Agency) in our trainings it was possible to share, explain and train in the various new tools and guidance products provided by these organisations.

In 2014 we have jointly implemented two capacity building actions in the form of technical training workshops with exchange of experience and site visits to specific industries.

The results of the meeting will be used as input for the IED/Chemicals WG activities for which the framework was already agreed during the first Annual Meeting.

- Planned actions under the ECRAN IED/Chemicals WG and need for improvements and/or adjustments.
- Maximising benefits and opportunities to be generated though the IED/Chemicals Component: follow up actions and coordination with other initiatives.
- Agreement on proposed actions in the IED/Chemicals WG 2015 Work plan.
- Potential post 2015 ECRAN activities.

Finally, the meeting will be used to network between the ECRAN country coordinators, ECRAN staff and the European Commission.