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The advantages and disadvantages of reach in China

not long ago, we learned from the relevant information released by the media that the content of reach regulation of the European Union may increase again in the near future, and the authorized substances specified in reach regulation may increase from the original 38 to 49 by the end of the year, which means that the total amount of authorized substances in the products exported to Europe by shoe exporting enterprises can not exceed 0.1%. On the 30th of this month, the EU REACH regulation will usher in the first official registration deadline. Meanwhile, the chemical regulations of Japan, the United States, South Korea and China will be updated one after another

in this context, last Friday, the American footwear wholesale and retail association, together with TUV South Germany group, held a special lecture on the response of footwear enterprises to European and American environmental regulations and physical safety requirements. Manager fan Xuehua of the chemical testing department of TUV South Germany group Shenzhen company explained the impact of reach law on footwear enterprises and how enterprises should deal with it

in recent years, with the implementation and update of EU REACH regulations, China’s shoe industry, as a labor-intensive industry, involves a large amount, a wide range and a wide variety of risk chemicals. 1n addition, the shoe enterprises exporting to EU do not pay enough attention to foreign standards and regulations and do not research enough, which makes the export enterprises more passive in the face of technical measures, Many enterprises still have some misunderstandings about reach regulations, which makes China’s footwear export related foreign notifications and returns occur frequently

according to the official statistics of the United States and the European Union, in the first quarter of this year, 31 batches of shoes exported from China were recalled by the European Union and the United States, with a sharp increase of 40% compared with the same period last year. Among them, chemical hazard is the main reason for the recall of shoes, accounting for 82.48% of all the recalled products. And most of them are dimethyl fumarate (dmfu), which exceeds the standard, accounting for a high proportion of the recall due to chemical hazards

for example, the EU Directive (2009 / 251 / EC) issued on March 17, 2009 requires that products containing dimethyl fumarate (dmfu) cannot enter the market. Germany announced a number of recalls of shoes originating in China, including mountaineering shoes, sandals, baby shoes, etc. the reason for the recall was chemical hazards. The problems appeared in suede upper leather, shoelaces, mould proofing agents and even mould proofing bags on shoe boxes

four steps to deal with laws and regulations

first of all, enterprises should do a good job in collecting relevant data and information in advance. For example, we should determine whether our products need to be registered, which products need to be tested, which products can be exempted, in which period of time the products need to be registered are required to be registered, what data need to be provided for registration, and strengthen the communication with upstream and downstream enterprises

the second is to grasp the opportunity of reach implementation. For example, according to reach regulations, the pre registration has ended by December 1, 2008, and unregistered or pre registered substances are prohibited from entering the EU market in stages. But in fact, there are still some opportunities for pre registration. After understanding these, enterprises will not miss registration

thirdly, we should rely on the strength of professional institutions. Especially those small and medium-sized enterprises that do not have the strength and energy to deal with REACH regulations and registration procedures alone should actively participate in relevant training organized by professional institutions with the help of professional institutions

finally, it is necessary to accelerate the upgrading of industrial structure. REACH regulations are complicated and cover a wide range of areas, especially the enterprises that export traditional, large and low-tech products are easy to encounter the barriers of this technical regulation. For shoe enterprises, it is necessary to fully consider the changes in the chemical industry and upstream and downstream industries, including the upgrading of the industry, the change of production research and development and business philosophy, and the improvement of management level

although reach regulation will become another technical barrier of EU, it also has certain positive significance for the development of related industries in China. Enterprises should take advantage of this opportunity, according to the requirements of REACH regulations, speed up the upgrading of enterprise products, refer to international standards, improve production technology, improve product quality and environmental performance, which is also an effective way to maintain and improve the competitiveness of export products< On June 1, 2008, the European Union officially implemented the full name of the reach regulation, which is the regulation on registration, evaluation, licensing and restriction of chemicals (referred to as reach regulation), seriously affecting the export of EU products to countries all over the world, including China. Production and export enterprises must register the substances in their products with the European Union (pre), otherwise they will be forbidden to export more than 1 ton / year reach is the most influential law in history, involving the most industries, but also the most complex and difficult to deal with. 1f we deal with it improperly, it will become a huge technical trade barrier

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