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European chemical industry calls for continued UK engagement in ECHA after Brexit

Brussels, 16 March 2018 -  The European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic) and the UK Chemical Industries Association (CIA) have taken note of the idea advanced in Theresa May’s Mansion House speech of 2 March for the UK to remain part of EU agencies, including ECHA, possibly in the form of associate membership. 

Cefic's statement on ECHA consumer website

Brussels, 15 March 2018 -  We are pleased to see ECHA launch a dedicated website to inform consumers about chemicals in our daily lives.

Solvent volatile organic compound emissions stabilise

Brussels, 08 March 2018 -  Solvent volatile organic compound (VOC)* emissions have stabilised in the EU28 since 2008 at just under 2 000k tonnes, according to updated inventories published by ESIG, the European Solvents Industry Group. The industry has shown continuous commitment to improving air quality, reducing VOC emissions from solvents by more than 60% since 1990.


Key EU policy issues for our industry


The development of a sustainable bioeconomy in Europe is key to unlocking the potential of many well established as well as new economic sectors. Strengthening the European bioeconomy can yield significant results in achieving the key EU policy objectives, such as the climate change mitigation, circular economy, clean energy and creation of new jobs.

Industrial Policy

The chemical industry plays an important role in supporting the European economy and society. It has been recognised as enabler of a sustainable future by the High Level Group on the Competitiveness of the European Chemicals Industry.

Emissions Trading Scheme |ETS|

A clean, competitive economy. The  EU chemical industry will be asking for a dynamic ETS that meets the EU’s emission targets and incentivises efficient, innovative manufacturing without extra carbon costs. 

Industry Support

Advice & guidance to companies


The Sectoral Platform in Chemicals for Energy Effficiency Excellence aims to boost energy efficiency across the European chemical industry, particularly in small- and medium-sized companies.


This service is the one-stop access to funding opportunities from European Commission funding programmes and select regional and national governments to develop sustainable innovative solutions for the chemical industry.

Responsible Care for SMEs

First time validated tools on chemicals management, energy efficiency, occupational health, process safety, transport safety, and other areas, making them freely available for everyone.

Implementing REACH

Cefic has developed a number of guidance documents and tools to support companies in the implementation of REACH as well as to enhance harmonisation of procedure. 

REACH 2018 Countdown : 78 days before the deadline

Transport & Logistics

Ensuring safe transport and handling of its products, with care for the environment and in full accordance with regulations, is of key importance for the image and reputation of the chemical industry.

Regulatory Framework

Getting responsible chemicals management recognised throughout the entire supply chain of the chemical industry under a “proportionate framework”

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Facts and Figures

The 2017 Cefic European Facts & Figures provides an analysis of the latest competitive trends in the European chemical industry.

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Responsible Care

The Responsible Care ethic helps chemical companies to operate safely, profitably and with due care.

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