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A joint platform of European associations whose member companies use chemicals to formulate mixtures (as finished or intermediary products) for professional and industrial users, as well as for consumers.

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Welcome to DUCC

The Downstream Users of Chemicals Co-ordination Group (DUCC) is a platform of 11 European associations which represent “downstream” industries ranging from cosmetics and detergents to aerosols, paints, inks, toners, pressroom chemicals, adhesives and sealants, construction chemicals, fragrances, lubricants and chemical distributors industries.

The group's main objective is to contribute, with a common voice, to the successful implementation of the requirements of the REACH and CLP Regulations.

Since its creation, in 2001, DUCC has been recognised by the EU authorities and other stakeholders as the common voice for many users of chemicals. DUCC has been and will continue to be actively involved in the legislative process, contributing constructively to the implementation of both the REACH Regulation, (EC) No 1907/2006, and the CLP Regulation, (EC) No 1272/2008, and ensuring that downstream users’ needs, rights, duties and specificities are taken into account.

This website contains information on DUCC – its objectives, functioning and membership – and its activities, as well as some useful links and contact information.

Note: DUCC develops many guidance and tools to help its members and industry in general, but each company remains individually responsible for compliance with REACH.

What is DUCC ?

DUCC, the Downstream Users of Chemicals Co-ordination group, was founded in 2001 following the publication of the European Commission’s White Paper: "Strategy for a Future Chemicals Policy”.

DUCC emanated from the desire to establish a group which would offer a platform for associations with similar goals and objectives to come together and create a unified and effective voice, exchange views, develop joint positions and co-ordinate with other interested parties, with the specific concern of the applicability of REACH and CLP for "downstream users" of chemicals.

Today, DUCC offers a platform for associations whose member companies use chemicals to formulate mixtures (as finished or intermediary products) for professional and industrial users, as well as for consumers.

DUCC represents a variety of associations in its membership. These European-based associations represent several important industry sectors, ranging from cosmetics and detergents to aerosols, paints, inks, toners, pressroom chemicals, adhesives and sealants, construction chemicals, fragrances, lubricants and chemical distributors industries. Altogether, their membership comprises more than 9.000 companies across the respective sectors in Europe, the vast majority being SMEs. The calculated turnover of these companies is more than 215 billion euros in Europe.

What are DUCC’s objectives ?

DUCC’s objectives are to:

  • offer a platform for associations/federations of downstream users of chemicals, which formulate and/or place on the market chemical mixtures intended for end-users, where they can exchange information and expertise, work on issues of common interest and build up common positions towards other stakeholders.
  • advise and help downstream users to implement the REACH and CLP Regulations, through common activities, guidance documents and practical tools.
  • initiate dialogue and co-ordinate activities with the European Commission and the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) to ensure, as far as possible, that downstream users’ concerns are appropriately addressed and to contribute to the implementation activities.
  • establish, where possible, common positions on  EU chemicals legislation, jointly support these views and related amendments towards European Institutions, and provide input to Commission activities related to legislation.
  • identify other areas of common interest where common views and activities would be of benefit for DUCC members’ companies.

What does DUCC do, and how does it function?

With its expertise, DUCC contributes actively to the effective implementation of the REACH and CLP Regulations, aiming to improve the workability of the system.

DUCC has actively contributed during the legal process for the adoption of REACH, making and advocating several concrete proposals, which include:

  • Support for a pre-registration step and exposure-driven, tiered risk assessment approach as promoted by ECETOC (Centre for Ecotoxicology and Toxicology of Chemicals) and as illustrated by the HERA (Human and Environmental Risk Assessment) model.
  • The necessity to carry out risk assessments ahead of any decisions on restriction or authorisation
  • Encouraging centralised decisions through the creation of a European Chemicals Agency.
  • Proposing mechanisms for involvement of Downstream Users in registration dossiers, particularly on exposure assessment
     

Since the publication of both REACH and CLP, DUCC is advising and helping its members in their implementation activities, through the exchange of knowledge and experience, and through common activities which are organised as and when needed. It also coordinates activities in certain areas of common interest, e.g. downstream users’ use maps.

DUCC also establishes common positions on issues related to other chemicals regulations.

DUCC is in a regular dialogue with the European Commission and the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) to ensure that downstream users’ concerns are appropriately addressed. In this context, DUCC is actively contributing to the implementation activities organised by the European Commission and by ECHA (for example on REACH guidance development and update), is one of the founding members of the Exchange Network on Exposure Scenarios (ENES) and is a main contributor to the Chemical Safety Report/Exposure Scenarios Roadmap (CSR/ES Roadmap) activities.

DUCC members meet regularly to discuss the issues on their common agenda that are relevant in the DUCC context. The group is functioning by consensus and only positions agreed by all DUCC members become DUCC positions and are advocated as such.

DUCC strongly believes in a modern and effective management of chemicals in Europe based on the following principles:

  • decisions related to control of chemicals' based on sound science
  • internationally recognised risk assessment concepts
  • avoiding duplication or contradiction of legislation in the areas of health, environment and product safety
  • good and effective communication flows between producers and users of chemicals
  • communication to the public should be risk orientated rather than hazard-based only
  • specific needs of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) should be taken into account
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