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LGC launches first Chemicals Regulatory Atlas

LGC : 20 December, 2000  (Company News)
At the Scientific Societies
The Atlas is designed to send a clear message to companies and potential investors in the UK, that although the chemical industry is faced with a number of regulations, the system is sensible and transparent.

Backed by the DTI, the Atlas was developed over the last three years and covers UK and European chemical regulation in seven areas including, chemical products, transport, worker safety, pollution control, waste, building, engineering and storage. It aims to map the regulatory decision tree for chemicals from cradle to grave for both new and existing chemicals, indicating when key decisions and actions are needed.

The Atlas has been market tested on 80 companies during the last 12 months and could become the first point of reference for all those in the chemical industry, the public sector and the professions that are affected by chemical regulation. Individuals directly benefiting from the Atlas would be regulatory managers in chemical firms, board level directors who need to be briefed, environmental managers and health and safety advisors.

Richard Worswick, Chief Executive LGC and Government Chemist said: 'The maze of regulation can delay companies in getting a chemical product to market. LGC's work on the Chemical Regulatory Atlas, which is backed by support from DTI, will particularly assist smaller companies by helping to reduce unnecessary and costly delay.'

Peter Fisk, Chemical Consultant and co-author of the UK Chemical Regulatory Atlas said: 'The Atlas adds a new dimension to the advice available for companies seeking regulatory compliance by providing a unique structure for understanding and linking key topics rather than just listing regulations. Large as well as small companies will benefit from the time saved in mapping regulations and training staff more effectively in the UK and European legislation.'

David Culpin, Director of Business and Environment at the UK Chemical Industries Association said: 'The Atlas will prove to be a boost to UK regulatory managers and board members responsible for ensuring regulatory compliance for their businesses. The manual can also provide a structured approach to training new managers in the field of chemical regulation.'

Nick Leeming, Head of Agrochemical & Industrial Regulatory Affairs at Covance Laboratories said: 'With their more limited resources small companies in particular find it difficult to navigate their way through the current regulations. The Atlas should prove extremely useful as a signpost for regulation in both bringing a chemical to market and ensuring existing chemicals achieve the rigours of compliance.'

Robert Warner, Head of a unit in the Health Directorate of the Health and Safety Executive said: 'The Atlas will help to speed up the identification of health and safety issues by simply directing individuals with regulatory responsibilities through the requirements, for example, under Notification of New Substances Regulations and chemical classification and labelling under Chemicals Hazard Information and Packaging for Supply regulations.'
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