Risk management measures (RMM)

Cefic Chemicals Trends Report – February 2019

Output declines slightly amid global economic downturn

Brexit : Preparing for a future “UK out of REACH scenario”

What you need to know – Practical considerations to maintain trade post Brexit

SQAS website

Cefic chemicals trends report – November 2018

Slower growth for EU Chemicals Sector

Guidance on implementation of SOLAS Chapter VI

Guidelines for the security of the transport of dangerous goods by road

Guidelines on subcontracting of chemical road Transport

Europe needs safe and innovative nanotechnologies and nanomaterials

Nanotechnologies involve manufacturing and using materials at the smallest scale – they are part of the enabling technologies and processes that span most industry sectors and scientific disciplines.

Guidance risks precautions considered for bulk liquid loading unloading operations in road transport

Guidelines for 16 hours operation

Joint ECTA, EPCA, Cefic

Safety risk assessment for chemical transport operations

Guidelines for safety awareness and behaviour in the supply chain

Joint ECTA, EPCA, Cefic

SULID – Site UnLoading information document bulk liquid (FR)

SULID – Site UnLoading information document bulk packed (FR)

SULID – Site UnLoading information document bulk solid (DE

SULID – Site UnLoading information document bulk solid (IT)

SULID – Site UnLoading information document bulk solid (EN)

SULID – Site UnLoading information document bulk solid (ES)

SULID – Site UnLoading information document bulk solid (FR)

SULID – Site UnLoading information document bulk packed (IT)

SULID – Site UnLoading information document bulk packed (ES)

SULID – Site UnLoading information document bulk packed (EN)

SULID – Site UnLoading information document bulk packed (DE)

SULID – Site UnLoading information document bulk liquid (ES)

SULID – Site UnLoading information document Bulk Liquid (EN)

SULID – Site UnLoading information document Bulk Liquid (DE)

SULID – Guidelines on how to use the site-UnLoading information document

Check lists avoiding leaks filling discharging

MAR-ICE information service for use in marine chemical emergencies

Joint production between: Cefic – EMSA and Cedre. Providing information and advice on chemicals in the event of a maritime emergency

ICE – Distribution Emergency Response guidelines for use by the chemical industry

ICE chemical distribution safety and quality

Fair and transparent cost sharing in SIEFs

Cefic legal guidance for REACH Compliance in particular versus WTO rules

Cefic REACH competition law compliance guidance

Cefic Models REACH Letter of a ccess

Cefic Guidance on REACH and IP Use of published information

Monomers and Polymers Hazard communication under REACH

Joint Concawe Cefic guidance on treatment and processing in free zones

The aim of this paper is to assist industry in determining the role and obligations of importers under REACH Regulation (“REACH”), in particular when products undergo Treatment and Processing in areas under customs supervision (free zones). This paper is intended to serve as guidance for Concawe & Cefic members It does not express any preference…

The need to provide the list of importers in the IUCLID5 registration dossier of an only representative

Specific exposure scenario (SES)

Practical guide on Exposure Assessment

Overview associations activities

Generic exposure scenario (GES) Solids

Lead component identification LCID tool (Cefic – VCI) [UPLOAD FILE XLSM]

Quality requirements when testing for physical hazards

Guidelines on classification and labelling notification

How to handling substances listed on Annex XIV

List of Cefic Sector groups and industry sector

List of Cefic sector groups

List of Cefic Member Federations (AFEM) and Associate National Federations

National non-governmental federations representing the chemical industry in European countries

List of Cefic Business Members companies (ABM)

Sectoral businesses with a production base in Europe and a worldwide turnover in chemicals of less than euro 1 billion.

List of Cefic Corporate Members (ACOM)

Corporations with a production base in Europe and a worldwide turnover in chemicals of more than euro 1 billion.

Cefic Chemicals Trends Report -January 2019

The second half of 2018 proved more severe than expected, with production posting no growth from January to October 2018 compared to the same period of 2017. Chemicals prices rose 3.7% during the same period, while chemicals sales reached 3.9% through September 2018. Chemicals exports were up 4.2%, while chemicals imports jumped 7.0% through September 2018.

The European chemical industry Facts and Figures individual graphs [jpeg]

Individual graphs of the Facts and Figures 2018 ready to download (zip) .

The European chemical industry Facts and Figures

The 2018 Cefic European Facts and Figures provides an analysis of the latest competitive trends in the European chemical industry. Released each year, the Cefic European Facts and Figures provides the most most up-to-date information based on currently available data about the sector. The chemical industry is one of the European Union’s most international, competitive…

ESCOm standard phras catalogue and XML standard: explanatory note

Plastics Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda in a Circular Economy

Phrase Submission using the Webtool: Guidance on how to submit new ESCom phrases

Guidance on how to submit new ESCom phrases.

Release Notes ESCom V4.O

Information on ESCom Package

ESCom Phrase Catalogue – Chesar

Euphrac ESCom phrase guidance on creation submission usage of EuPhraC ESCom Phrases 3.0

ESCom XML User Licence

ESCom Phrase Catalogue

ESCom phrase catalogue V.4

ESCom Phrase Catalogue V4.0 (chr3). (internet explorer user)

ESCom Phrase Catalogue EuPhraC Exposure Scenario

Responsible Care Status Report 2018

Cefic views on the Commission’s proposal establishing a Framework to Facilitate Sustainable Investment

Cefic considers that the “Taxonomy Proposal” may help mobilizing finance towards environmentally beneficial projects and foster cross-border investments by defining a common language for environmentally beneficial investments. This may promote retail and institutional investors’ interest for such investments.

Delphi study report The European Chemical Industry in a 2050 perspective

Study on the development of key areas withing Economy, Geopolitics, Society, Technology and Environment. Copenhagen Insitute for futures studies

Cefic position paper on the interface between chemical, product and waste legislation and identification of policy options

Cefic chemicals trends report – October 2018

Moderate growth in EU chemicals industry

Cefic views on the EU Single Market

The Single Market is a major asset for a competitive chemical industry. Cefic encourages EU and Member State authorities to uphold and consolidate the Single Market.

Cefic views on the Stocktaking of the Commission’s Better Regulation approach

Cefic welcomes progress under President Juncker’s Better Regulation Agenda and invites the incoming Commission to follow up on and deepen existing rules and practices.

Cefic chemicals trends report – September 2018

Chemicals growth remains positive, despite deteriorating world economic climate

Combination effects of chemicals

Today, EU chemicals policy and risk management schemes predominantly focus on the safety of individual chemical substances. They protect public health and the environment by ensuring that no chemical substance is intentionally present in the environment at levels that might cause harm.

Cefic Manifesto for a competitive Europe

Why the EU needs an ambitious Industrial Strategy, and what it should contain

REACH Practical Guide on Safe Use Information for Mixtures under REACH | The LCID Methodology

Chemicals Trends Report – August 2018

EU chemicals still growing steadily

Level 1 chemical emergency reponse

EU Research & Innovation Framework Programme: The Chemical Industry’s role in EU growth and competitiveness

Cefic welcomes the EC Horizon Europe proposal’s ambition to make Europe an unparalleled global innovation hub and recognition given to the innovative and enabling role of industry, by placing the pillar of the ‘Global Challenges & Industrial Competitiveness’ at the heart of the programme. In this role, industry provides productivity, progress, jobs and prosperity, and…

Chemicals Trends Report – 28 June 2018

EU Chemicals Sector continues to grow

Best practice guidelines for loading transport and unloading of flexitank

Joint statement ECHA Cefic to Work on an Effective Implementation of REACH (MOU)

With the completion of the third registration deadline, REACH now regulates all chemicals on the EU market. Recognising that the 2018 Commission General Report on REACH calls on all actors to further improve REACH implementation and, in particular, on industry and ECHA to further improve the safety information and its communication in the supply chain,…

Chemicals Trends Report – 07 June 2018

EU Chemical Sector Still growing but losing momentum

REACH Annexes amendments to address nanoforms of substances: Cefic’s perspective

Cefic welcomes the vote of the REACH Committee on REACH Annexes amendments for nanomaterials. The adaptation of the Annexes is a meaningful step to reduce existing legal uncertainties and provide more clarity for the registration of nanomaterials under REACH. The issue remains, however, complex and some of the amendments can even create further confusion.

Chemicals regulatory cooperation after Brexit (position paper)

Europe’s chemical industry is a global leader. We deliver the every-day practical solutions to accelerate Europe’s industrial renaissance. Yet we, as many others, rely on an integrated single market throughout Europe, one that operates across borders, without discrimination. We are at the start of the production process, so any disruption of trade flows will reverberate…

European Commission Mobility package

Cefic welcomes the European Mobility Package which contains important proposals to improve the social aspects of road transport and to harmonize road charging. The European Commission should continue to challenge internal market fragmentation and counter national measures that unduly hamper free movement of goods. In the past years, industry was confronted with several national regulations…

Best practice guidelines cleaning dry bulk polymer transport tanks

Joint ECTA EFTCO, Cefic

Transport of dangerous goods identification of defects in rail tank cars

Chemicals Trends Report – April 2018

Positive growth continues in 2018 for EU Chemicals sector.

Innovation can impact the European Strategy for Plastics

The European chemical industry supports the transition towards a circular economy as part of a strategy to make Europe more resource efficient.

Chemicals Trends Report – March 2018

EU Chemicals output climbs above its pre-crisis level

Cefic, ECEG and industriAll European Trade Union statement on Brexit

The UK’s decision to leave the EU presents a political and economic challenge that creates significant uncertainty for companies and their employees. Cefic, ECEG and industriAll Europe are united in their concern about the adverse impact that Brexit could have on the viability, international competitiveness and employment within Europe’s chemical industry on either side of…

Safe storage handling containers carrying dangerous goods hazardous substance

EU Research & Innovation Framework Programme: mission statement

Transport emergency scheme – ICE national scheme

SPIRE 2050 vision towards the next generation of European process industries

Safety Health Environment Management practices for logistics services provider

Joint ECTA, EPCA, Cefic

Chemicals Trends Report – January 2018

The EU chemicals sector faring better and closer to its pre-crisis level

Cefic and CIA joint statement on Brexit and the future

Avoiding greenhouse gas emissions : the essential role of chemicals

Quantifying the global potential Key findings from a technical report by Ecofys, a Navigant company. The study carried out by Ecofys finds that the chemical industry has the possibility to make an important contribution to a low carbon future. Solutions from the chemical industry could enable significant emission reductions and support the goal of the…

Low carbon energy and feedstock for the European chemical industry

The scope of this study is to analyse how the chemical industry could use breakthrough technologies to further reduce CO2 emissions resulting from the production of its key building blocks. The purpose of this study is to provide quantitative data on promising low carbon technologies, estimate their potential impact on CO2 emission reductions, and highlight…

Industry views on Aarhus Compliance Committee Findings on Access to Justice in the EU

Clean energy for all Europeans Package

Europe’s chemical industry welcomes the Clean Energy Package proposal from the European Commission in its ambitions to reform and harmonise energy markets in Europe and to pioneer the low-carbon economy for the benefit of all its citizens.

Clean energy for all Europeans Package – Executive summary

Europe’s chemical industry welcomes the Clean Energy Package proposal from the European Commission in its ambitions to reform and harmonise energy markets in Europe and to pioneer the low-carbon economy for the benefit of all its citizens.

Taking the European chemical industry into the circular economy

Cefic – EBPF Comments on CA Document CA-April17-Doc.3.1.a & b: Draft criteria for the determination of endocrine-disrupting properties under the BPR

Cefic-EBPF is disappointed that the Commission has retained the term ‘substance’ instead of the term ‘active substance’, despite the legal and procedural arguments made by Industry in December1 2016 and February 20172.

Safety guidelines for working around rail cars in chemical sites

Safety guidelines for working around railcars in chemical sites (German Version)

Greenhouse gas emission reductions enabled by products from the chemical industry

The objective of this study (conducted by Ecofys, order of ICCA) is to assess the global contribution of the chemical industry to selected six solutions in the context of limiting average temperature rise to 2 degrees Celsius, as agreed on in the Paris Agreement in 2015. Despite the small number of solutions considered, the magnitude…

Extension of the scope of the proposed endocrine disruptors criteria from ‘active substances’ to ‘substances’ in the biocidal products regulation (528/2012)

Strategic Innovation and Research Agenda

ECTA Cefic guidelines for standardized coding of transport events

Guidelines for managing change in a chemicals supply chain

Circular economy

The European chemical industry supports the transition towards a circular economy as part of a strategy to make Europe more resource efficient. This can be achieved both by avoiding unnecessary material and energy losses throughout the life-cycle of products and maximising value by keeping resources circulating in loops.

Cefic guidance on process safety indicators

introduces universally applicable process safety Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). It became effective September 2016. During a period of four years all chemical associations are requested to host national workshops in order to roll out this new guidance in their respective countries.

Independant peer review study ex post investigation of cost pass through EU ETS an analysis of 6 sectors

Guidelines for safe degassing of Rail Tank Cars

Guidance on the design, construction and testing of standard rail tank cars for the transport of chemicals in bulk

Best practice organisation of sending Safety Data Sheet

Safe Use Information for Mixtures under REACH and the Lead Component Identification (LCID) Methodology – A Brief Description

Best practice guidelines safety quality guidelines for unloading polymers in bulk

SDS check list

This checklist is provided as an aid to improve the quality of safety data sheets (SDS). It is intended to be used by compilers (authors) to check that important relevant elements of the SDS have been considered during its compilation. It does not cover the full details of Annex II of REACH. For more comprehensive guidance, please refer to the ECHA SDS guidance or other available industry guidelines.

Guidance on ES development and supply chain communication

A new format for safety data sheet

Solutions for a well-functioning, fair and effective EU Emissions Trading System

The European Council Conclusions of October 2014 provided detailed guidance to prevent the risk of carbon leakage after 2020.

The Energy Union: drivers for success

Cefic supports the launch of the Energy Union and welcomes the Commission’s aim to alleviate constraints and enable growth and job creation. Delivering uninterrupted, competitively priced, stable and secure energy to fuel the European economy is a cornerstone to industrial competitiveness. An Energy Union achieving this goal would convince industries to invest in Europe, enabling…

Guidelines for investigation logistics incidents identifying root causes (EN)

Guidelines for investigation logistics incidents identifying root causes (DE)

Innovative chemistry for energy efficiency of buildings in smart cities

suschem and smart cities and communities

Structured short titles in Exposure Scenarios for communication

Instructions to define unambiguous Exposure Scenario short titles Version 1.0. An initiative from Cefic / DUCC / ECHA

Intermodal transport network development position paper

Chemicals safety in the value chain

How the European chemical industry manages safe us of chemicals

Intermodal transport network development report

Guidance to Responsible Care Global Charter

Best practice guidelines safe tipping silo truck strailers silo containers bag in box containers

Best practice guidelines for safe Un-Loading of road freight vehicles

FAQ on SDS provided voluntarily

The Cefic SDS task force has prepared the FAQ on” When and how do I have to report uses advised against in my SDS?”

FAQ on SDS When and how do I have to report uses advised against in my SDS?

The Cefic SDS task force has prepared the FAQ on” When and how do I have to report uses advised against in my SDS?”

Energy policy at the crossroads

Finding the road to a competitive, low carbon and energy efficient Europe

Stimulating European Industrial Innovation

Innovation for growth Cefic and Ifra

How to handle substances recommended for prioritization for inclusion to Annex XIV

Conversion template REACH dossier into GPS Safety Summary

European chemistry for growth

Unlocking a competitive, low carbon and energy efficient future. Cefic commissioned Ecofys to perform analyses and bring forward key conclusions and recommendations from their independent viewpoint, in close collaboration with the sector

Practical consideration on Gloves Thickness

The Cefic SDS Task Force prepared practical consideration on Gloves Thickness

Behaviour based safety guidelines training drivers safe driving road freight vehicles

Joint ECTA, Cefic

Biodiverstiy and Ecosystem services – what are they all about?

Best practice guidelines for safe working at height-in the logistics supply chain

Report on the importance of trade secrets for chemical companies

This report aims at illustrating what are trade secrets or confidential business information and their importance for the chemical sector, by providing better insight on the way they are used. It also contains a description of the problems encountered by companies due to the lack of effective protection at EU level.

Specific Environmental Release Categories (SPERCs), Chemical Safety Assessments, Supply Chain Communication and Downstream User Compliance

Paper on individual submissions for the same substance

This paper provides some considerations for cases where a number of companies have submitted registrations individually i.e. not as members of the Joint submission

Options for electronic delivery of a Safety Data Sheet (SDS) and the Exposure Scenarios in Annex

This Cefic-DUCC-FECC paper is a contribution to the discussion on the possibility to provide SDSs using modern communication tools. It explores a number of practical points to bear in mind when setting up such systems.

Basic overview of dossier evaluation process and tips for registrants

The aim of this paper is to provide registrants with some explanation on the process they may face when their dossiers go through dossier evaluation, including some practical recommendations.

Sustainability of products: what it is all about

This document is an introduction to how sustainability may apply to chemicals in practice. It explains approaches that industry can use to make science-based choices in product development and assessment. It is particularly aimed at smaller companies, as part of Cefic’s programme to help deliver the chemical industry’s vision.

Guidelines for transport equipment packed cargo

Guidance on processes in companies after receiving an (extended) SDS

SIEF Timechart

This chart reflects the proposed Cefic recommendation for the timing of the different tasks that need to be carried out in a SIEF process. Updated Version January 2012.

Letter and fact sheet on use communication

Under review for 2018 Registration
This letter and accompanying fact sheet (downloadable below) have been agreed by Cefic, FECC and DUCC. They provide companies with information on how to proceed regarding the use communication for preparing the 2013 registrations.

Chemical logistics vision 2020

the next decade’s key trends, impact and solution areas

SIEF Guidance

This document provides guidance on the obligations and practicalities of the SIEF process including assessing data requirements, the sharing of data, associated costs and joint submission.

Template letter for 4 codes survey

In order to achieve an efficient registration and communication process in the SIEF, it is recommended to group SIEF members into 4 different categories according to 4 different SIEF Codes. These Codes will reflect each company’s role in each given pre-SIEF/SIEF. This template letter can be used to send the survey to the SIEF members…

Guidance for Lead Registrants

The aim of this document is to provide Lead Registrants, and potential Lead Registrants, with an overview of their tasks and responsibilities as well as standard templates to support their actions. The paper is structured as a sort of Check list of actions that need to be undertaken.

Consortium Agreement pursuant to requirements of Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2006 concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH)

Consortium Agreement pursuant to requirements of Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2006 concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH)

The present model consortium agreement has been elaborated by the Cefic Legal Aspects of REACH Issue Team on the basis of REACH requirements, the available guidance, in particular the Guidance on data sharing and the European Law in force.

Messages to communicate in the supply chain on extended SDS for substances II

Under review for 2018 Registration
This document has been jointly prepared by Cefic, Concawe, FECC and DUCC. It provides answers to some of the most frequently asked questions regarding the communication of extended SDS in the supply chain. It also includes a check-list for those receiving an extended SDS.

Briefing note revised ECHA guidance on intermediates

The purpose of this document is to provide recommendations to those member companies of CEFIC that wish to follow the recently revised ECHA guidance, published in December 2010, for intermediates, in particular with respect to expectations for strictly controlled conditions (SCC) . The first version of this guidance was published in 2007, the first revision of the guidance was issued by ECHA in February 2008.

Pre-SIEFs Analyser Tool developed by Cefic and CONCAWE

SIEFs (Substance Information Exchange Fora) are formed by companies that intend to register the same substance. They are there to facilitate data sharing between the companies, and hence avoid duplication of studies and to agree classification and labeling where there is a difference between registrants.  Users can obtain or update the list of pre-SIEFs members…

The European Commission’s transport white paper

How to update an individual submission to a joint submission ?

This paper explains the process that companies have to follow in case they have submitted ‘individually’ and they now want to update their dossiers in order to become part of a Joint Submission.

Good practice for ship vetting

Measuring and Managing CO2 emission of European Chemical Transport

To meet the ambitious carbon reduction targets that governments are now setting for 2020 and beyond, individual companies and industry sectors will have to implement decarbonisation strategies over the next few years. The longer that it takes them to get onto an appropriate carbon reduction trajectory, the harder it will be to reach the targets….


This document contains frequently asked questions and their corresponding answers on the functioning of the SIEFs.

Cefic REACH authorisation Competition law compliance guidance

Joint submission of CSR: analysis of options

This paper aims to highlight which are the ‘pros’ and ‘cons’ of the different options regarding the preparation and submission of CSR by the Lead Registration on behalf of the SIEF: individually/jointly.

Model Substances Information Exchange Forum Agreement (SIEF Agreement) according to REACH Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006

Cefic legal note REACH confidentiality obligations and TSCA § 8 (e) notifications

Explanatory note: confidentiality obligation on REACH dossier and notification of information to EPA under US TSCA paragraph 8(e)

Fair cost sharing in SIEFs

This document points up the importance of fairness in the cost sharing process in SIEFs.

Cefic paper on Joint submission of intermediates

The aim of this paper is to clarify a number of points regarding the Joint submission of intermediates and to explain the various possible options in the form of Q&A.

Cefic models REACH Letter of Access

This overview of models LoA covers the most common scenarios of data sharing faced by a REACH consortium, in particular when a permission to refer to the consortium dossier is granted to a SIEF member in view of his participation to the Joint Submission.

Practical guide on Exposure Assessment

This letter aims to provide companies with a standard/template to send to their suppliers when inspectors ask for a full registration number if it is truncated in the received SDS.

Request to ECHA by third party for access to registration dossier

Supply Chain Communication Tool – User interface constraints and XML format schema

The REACH registration dossiers submitted by Manufacturers & Importers of substances will include Exposure Scenarios (ES) covering the Uses of those substances. It is expected that Suppliers will undertake a process to inform the Customers of their products about the Uses that are intended to be covered by the Exposure Scenarios. Cefic anticipates extensive and voluminous…

IT functional requirements to build IT tools to support supply chain communication (updated)

STILL VALID IN JANUARY 2016Companies are invited to build IT tools using this requirements document as the basis. The aim is to enhance harmonisation in the communication in the supply chain by using IT tools that are based on similar principles.

Confirmation of strictly controlled conditions for Intermediates under REACH: Supporting guidance on the extent of documentation required

Transparency on cost sharing in SIEFs

This document points up the importance of transparency in the cost sharing process in SIEFs.

Recommendations for splitting of SIEFs

This document explains the process that should be followed in REACH � IT in order to split SIEFs

Cefic standard reply on use communication

STILL VALID IN JANUARY 2016Cefic has prepared this standard reply on use communication. The aim is to support companies and provide them with a standard reply, and at the same time, promote harmonisation in the replies that the downstream users receive.

Cefic recommendation letter of access

This paper explains the concept of Letter of access including some points that SIEF members need to bear in mind during their operations.

Recommendation on how to manag driver shortages in European chemical transport

Guidelines produced bu ECTA

Guidelines for transportation security

Obligations and liabilities of the Lead registrant in the SIEF

Cefic REACH cooperation agreement between SIEF Lead Members

REACH – Importing raw materials and products into the EU

The objectives for this paper are two-fold:
• The first objective is to share information and examples within industry. Complex
supply chains – which are commonplace in the chemical industry – may create
questions about compliance and responsibilities. This paper aims to provide
information about the different potential scenarios.
• The second objective is to inform the larger public, including relevant authorities, that industry has taken and will take different routes to solve the same, or similar, issues, and that there is not necessarily just one “right” approach to REACH compliance.

Supply chain communication tool: interface constraints

Equipment for the transport of dry bulk cargo, to be discharged by tipping

How to reduce time spent by drivers on site and improve their treatment

Cefic Polymers’ Working Group interpretation of specific polymers issues

Transporting ammonia by rail

guidance produced by EFMA

Maximising performance

the power of supply chain collaboration

Supply chain excellence in the European Chemical Industry

Results of the EPCA-Cefic supply chain excellence Think Tank sessions

European Policy for more sustainable transport and logistics across Europe

Cefic – ECTA joint position

Developing generic exposure scenarios under REACH

Guidance supporting the development of Generic Exposure Scenarios as promoted by Cefic as part of the ES development and Communication Model