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Survey finds REACH and Brexit to dominate in 2019

EU REACH SVHC and authorisation obligations will be the top regulatory drivers in 2019, according to 60% of companies that have already responded to the Chemical Watch annual Chemicals Management and Control survey. REACH registration, dossier updates and evaluation are also cited by over 55% of respondents.

With uncertainty persisting over the shape that Brexit will take, 46% of companies saw this as a top driver for regulatory activities in 2019.

So far, over 200 respondents have used the survey to share the challenges they face, opportunities they see and the big issues they expect to be dealing with in the future.

If you haven’t done so already, please take the survey so our picture can be as accurate as possible. As well as the usual questions on industry drivers, salary and careers, and the service providers market, this year’s survey includes questions designed to build an industry benchmark of chemicals compliance.

The survey will be open until the end of January, and final results published in the 2019 Service Providers Guide.

Multiple chemicals management pressures

Demonstrating the huge range of issues the community is grappling with, respondents have already listed over 25 distinct topics as emerging priorities. Keeping up with new and evolving chemical regulations globally is the most frequently mentioned, but after that a diverse set of drivers are seen as critical.

To obtain a view of chemicals compliance and management within companies, the survey includes a series of questions examining how these functions are organised and integrated within the business, as well as the value placed on them.

We are encouraging companies to participate as the results will be aggregated to form a benchmark. This will help them to identify strengths and weaknesses while they work to optimise chemicals management. This work is particularly important because  regulatory compliance departments have historically struggled to be recognised for the benefits they bring to the business.

Our annual Chemicals Management and Control survey provides a comprehensive analysis of the priorities and challenges for members of the Chemical Watch community. 

The Chemicals Management and Control survey is still open. Have your say and contribute to the findings here.

The final results will be published in next year’s Service Providers Guide, due for release in April. In the meantime, you can read the 2018 edition.

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