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ILMA Announces REACH Consortium for Members (June 17, 2008)
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SOCMA and Redstone Develop Member Program to Fulfill REACH Requirements (November 8, 2007)
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ILMA Announces REACH Consortium for Members

June 17, 2008- ILMA is pleased to announce the formation of a REACH consortium to assist members in their compliance with the European Union's (EU) new chemicals regulation. After an intensive request-for-proposal process and interviews, the Association has approved the proposal by the Redstone Group to assist ILMA members - Manufacturing, Supplier and Marketing - address cost-effectively various aspects of their REACH activities.
"REACH is a complex regulation, and ILMA has been working hard to help its members understand the implications of this regulation, develop and execute sound compliance strategies, because failure may result in their inability to sell lubricants in the EU markets," said ILMA Executive Director Celeste Powers. "The Association is very pleased to have the Redstone Group and its affiliates available to ILMA Members, and I encourage all Members who are affected by REACH to consider joining the consortium," she added.
Pre-registration, the first phase under REACH, began on June 1 and continues through November 30, 2008. Pre-registration involves the assembly of key information on each chemical substance placed in the EU markets, and ILMA has encouraged Members to pre-register for a number of reasons, including the ability to continue do business in the EU after January 2009.
The consortium, which will be operated separately from ILMA, will function, utilizing a Web-based system, to collect the information necessary for an ILMA Member to understand its obligations and develop strategies in a timeframe sufficient to complete all pre-registration activities by November 30, 2008.
ILMA General Counsel Jeff Leiter said, "The system Redstone is putting in place for ILMA Members will be suited to the needs of both Manufacturing and Supplier Members. More importantly, it will facilitate communication between Manufacturing and Supplier Members, as well as their customers, as everyone tries to coordinate their REACH pre-registration activities."
A key benefit of the consortium is to get over the hurdle of confidentiality concerns with product formulations and customer names. Accordingly, a key element of the consortium will be mechanisms to protect confidentiality of suppliers and formulators' formulations and customers. Each participant will load its unique information into the web-based system; however, they will not have access to data provided by other participants. The system output will consist of reports indicating substance exports identified in the applicable tonnage bands.

SOCMA and Redstone Develop Member Program To Fulfill REACH Requirements.
November 8, 2007 For More Information:
Gregory Minchak
Manager, Public Relations & Communications

The Synthetic Organic Chemical Manufacturers Association's (SOCMA) ChemSortia is partnering with The Redstone Group, LLC, a leading regulatory affairs and environmental risk management consulting firm, to assist ompanies in complying with the European Union's chemicals management regulation known as the Registration, Evaluation, and Authorication of Chemicals (REACH).

The SOCMA and Redstone team will assist companies operating in and exporting to European Union countries with the planning, submissions, cost-sharing and testing that is required under REACH.

Additionally, SOCMA and Redstone announce that Redstone has joined SOCMA as a member. Said Redstone. Principal, Mark Vagasky said, "Partnering with SOCMA makes a great deal of sense. With their longstanding industry knowledge and expertise, we are pleased to be a part of SOCMA and working with them as REACH moves to the top of the industry's agenda."

"This extended services program of ChemSortia is the new cornerstone of SOCMA's association management business and stands to benefit our members in highly effective ways. The REACH legislation will require a great deal of work by individual companies, and we are looking forward to assisting companies comply as efficiently as possible," said SOCMA President Joe Acker. Acker continued, "ChemSortia provides an opportunity for companies to join together on behalf of efficiency in meeting the requirements of REACH. For this reason, Redstone is an excellent partner as they offer a great deal of expertise in the area. We are pleased to be having them not only as a partner, but also a member. Their value will be indispensable going forward. We look forward to working with them closely."

The Redstone Group, LLC leverages its extensive industry experience and broad network of seasoned professionals to help chemical industry clients address science, policy, and regulatory compliance needs for their products.

For REACH, some of these areas of expertise include:
  • Strategic planning for compliance
  • Product (formulary) review
  • Preparation of pre-registration submissions
  • Preparation of Registration dossiers and Authorization applications
  • Preparation of test plans, risk assessments for CSA/CSRs, and new MSDS
  • Negotiations with the new Chemicals Agency and other EU authorities
  • Partnership with an EU-based "only representative"

  • SOCMA combines its 30-year chemical industry-specific expertise in developing and managing international consortia and testing processes to provide both domestic and international services to its members under ChemSortia including, but not limited to, the following:
  • Antitrust Guidance
  • Strategic planning, coalition building
  • Handling proprietary industry information
  • Budget development, cost-sharing
  • Advocacy strategies
  • Test program management
  • Representation to authorities, the media, public, and other industry
  • Public relations
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