In an article published on November 23, 2017, the non-governmental organization International Chemical Secretariat (ChemSec) discussed its tool called SIN Producers List (FPF reported). This tool uses publicly available data collected by the official chemical agencies in both the EU and the U.S. to profile the companies that produce and import chemicals found on the SIN (Substitute It Now!) List, i.e., those that, according to ChemSec, meet the criteria for substances of very high concern (SVHCs) under REACH). Currently, the SIN Producers List covers the industrial chemicals only and does not include any data for pharmaceuticals or pesticides. ChemSec further noted that “data for SVHC chemicals will reach its full potential in the EU the coming years as there is a [REACH] registration deadline [for substances with a production volume above 1 ton] in 2018.” Therefore, ChemSec plans to update this tool after the registration deadline.
As an illustration of data that can be extracted from the SIN Producers List, ChemSec showed “the top 5 of producers of SIN chemicals in the chemical sector.” Three of these companies, BASF, Dow Chemical, and Eastman Chemical, increased their chemical production volumes in 2017 compared to 2016. Chemical production by Glencore Xstrata remained on the same level, while LyondellBasell had a slight decrease. These and other data are publicly available for extraction from the SIN Producers List.
ChemSec (November 23, 2017). “New data gives more insight into companies producing hazardous chemicals.”
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ChemWatch (November 30, 2017). “ChemSec releases latest SVHC producers data.“