EU-Tunisia twinning project raises issue of chemicals control and management
The Tunisian Exports promotion Centre has hosted the launch seminar of an EU-Tunisian twinning project related to the management and control of chemical products, in a meeting presided by the Tunisian Minister of Industry and the ambassadors of the EU, Austria, France, and Sweden.
The project, with a budget of €950,000 over a period of two years (March 2012-February 2014), is being implemented within the framework of the EU's Support Programme to the Association Agreement and to the Neighbourhood Action Plan (P3AII), which aims at reinforcing the integration between the EU and Tunisia and promoting economic, social and institutional convergence.
The objectives of the twinning project are:
- To promote an industry that respects health and environment while reinforcing its competitiveness.
- To reinforce the legal basis in terms of management and control of industrial chemical products.
- To prepare the industries for the organizational and technological changes related to the enforcement of the European regulations REACH and CLP.
- To establish an institutional infrastructure and an operational system that allow a more efficient management of the industrial chemical products.
Chemical products are present all around us. In daily life, we are exposed to a multitude of chemicals that have contributed to making our life easier but that can also represent a real danger for us and for the environment. While it is not possible to ban them, special attention must be paid to them. The EU has modified its legislation in order to guarantee a stricter and more efficient control of the manipulation of these chemical substances and their emissions.
The European regulation REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals) provides tools to obtain more information on the harmful properties of the chemicals and restricts their use in order not to harm either human beings or the environment. As for the CLP regulation (Classification, Labelling and Packaging of chemical substances), it is based on the UN Globally Harmonised System (GHS) which aims at harmonizing the information at the international level on the properties of the substances and mixtures.
Tunisia, an EU privileged partner, is highly concerned by this new legislation. For Tunisian exporters, complying with REACH and CLP is a business asset to access the European market. (EU Neighbourhood Info)
EU Neighbourhood Info Centre webpage - Tunisia