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19 December 2019

DUCC/CEFIC pilot project on exposure scenarios and communication in the supply chain

For almost two years, some DUCC members participated in the DUCC/CEFIC pilot on exposure scenarios and supply chain communication in collaboration with CEFIC and ECHA.

This exercise involved two steps:

i) for registrants to test the use-maps and
ii) for formulators to test the SUMI selection method.

The Use Maps and SWED/SUMI concepts were proven to work efficiently where testers followed the instructions. This valuable exercise allowed for discussion between registrants and downstream users so as to agree on points of improvement and also find the strength of the Use maps and SUMI tools.

Please find more information under the Activities section and on the Publications/Guidance & Tools, as well as on the ENES website.

19 December 2019

DUCC and SMEUnited launch “Guidance at a Glance” series of leaflets

The Downstream Users of Chemicals Co-ordination group (DUCC) and SMEUnited are pleased to launch our new series of “Guidance at a Glance” leaflets. This novel initiative between chemical formulators and the European SME and craft sector aims to provide a user-friendly introduction to specific requirements of Europe’s Classification, Labelling and Packaging (CLP) Regulation for chemical substances and mixtures.

Feedback from the authorities enforcing the CLP Regulation indicates that compliance needs to be improved in specific areas, notably:

The reported findings also suggest that these CLP obligations are not well understood outside of the traditional supply chain for chemicals.

To help support an improvement in the safe use of chemicals through improved CLP compliance, DUCC and SMEUnited developed these leaflets. They aim to provide readers with a high-level introduction to specific requirements of the CLP Regulation. Aimed at a general audience, these leaflets seek to complement the existing and detailed guidance provided by the European Chemicals Agency .

Currently available in English, additional language versions are expected to be released during 2020.


17 December 2019

DUCC comments on the ECHA Enforcement Forum’s REF-6 Project Report on the classification and labelling of mixtures

DUCC and its member associations wish to acknowledge the release of the report on the REACH-EN-FORCE 6 (REF 6) report on classification and labelling of mixtures.

More time is needed for our sectors to analyse the data shared in the report but overall:

  • Our members are committed to placing on the market products that are safe for use by consumers and workers and which respect European regulatory requirements.
  • DUCC has taken several actions to contribute to the implementation of the classification, labelling and packaging requirements of chemical products. For example:
    • DUCC has actively engaged with the Forum working group on the SDS quality. DUCC members continue to engage in dialog with other stakeholders.
    • We continue to work on the topic, as further demonstrated by the work of DUCC and its members on Action 3 of the REACH Review on “Improving the workability and quality of extended safety data sheets”.
    • Furthermore, DUCC is a co-founding member of important ECHA initiatives on the topic of supply chain communication and has a history of supporting REACH. DUCC sectors have spearheaded the creation of tools and activities to allow effective communication of safe use information throughout the supply chain like Use Maps and Safe Use of Mixtures Information (SUMIs).

We continue to take this topic seriously and to provide input to the Forum and ECHA to ensure tools for communicating information on chemicals are effective and accurate. DUCC members are keen to further discuss these findings with ECHA’s Enforcement Forum and would welcome specific details regarding the results directly applicable to each downstream sector.  We acknowledge that improvement in the classification, labelling and packaging of chemical products is an ongoing process.  All DUCC members are committed to continuing and engaged participation in this process.

11 October 2019

DUCC on the media

The October issue of the European Coatings Journal included an overview on DUCC, on the “CEPE Corner” section.

For more info: European Coatings Journal, issue 10/2019.

8 July 2019

ENES12 announcement and registration

DUCC, together with ECHA, Cefic, Concawe, Eurométaux and Member States will organise the 12th meeting of ENES on 21 November 2019, in Brussels.

ENES is a collaborative platform involving industry and authorities, which aims to identify and promote good practices in the communication of information on the safe use of hazardous chemicals up and down the supply chain.

More information and a link to the registration form is provided on the ECHA website.

5 November 2018

DUCC issues paper on history of supporting REACH


DUCC publishes today a paper to highlight its activities over the last 10 years which are contributing to the implementation of some of the actions identified in the Commission report on the operation of REACH, as the result of the REACH 2017 review, e.g. action 1 on the update of registration dossiers, action 3 on extended safety data sheets and action 12 on the interface between REACH and Occupational Safety & Health.

The paper is available under Publications/Positions.

26 October 2018

DUCC publishes seven pictograms to be used in the SUMIs

The SUMI is a communication template developed by DUCC in 2015. The objective of the SUMI is to communicate information on the safe use of mixtures to end-users (professional and industrial workers).

The SUMI is the downstream communication element of a methodology to derive and communicate information on the safe use of mixtures - the ‘bottom-up’ approach originated by DUCC, also known as “SUMI selection method”. This method is one of the actions included in the activities of the Exchange Network on Exposure Scenarios (ENES), a multi-stakeholder initiative established by ECHA.

According to the SUMIs template, the section on “Risk Management Measures” can include relevant pictograms – this is thought to be the best way to indicate any Personal Protective Equipment needed for the safe use of a mixture.

DUCC members have discussed and assessed within their supply chains and concluded that the preferred way of communicating this type of safe use information is definitely through pictograms – it seems to be the simplest, most efficient and most understandable way of passing the relevant messages to the professional or industrial workers.

Therefore, DUCC has developed seven pictograms to be used in the SUMIs to indicate the need for use of the following PPE, when applicable: gloves; goggles; protective clothing; protective clothing: apron; respiratory protection: air fed mask; respiratory protection: dust mask; and, respiratory protection: filter mask independent from ambient air.

The copyright of these pictograms belongs to DUCC and its use should comply with the Terms and Conditions of Use for the SUMI pictograms.

The pictograms are available on the DUCC website (Publications/Guidance and Tools).


If you want to learn more about the “SUMI selection method” you can check the following documents:

3 May 2018

Publication of the “ENES Work Programme to 2020” and the “ENES Implementation Plan 2018”

ECHA published yesterday the ENES Work Programme to 2020 and the ENES Implementation Plan 2018.

The ENES Work Programme to 2020 is a continuation of the work started with the CSR/ES Roadmap and lists 24 actions divided into the following main areas: 

  • Strategy and promotion
  • Information from downstream users to registrants
  • Information processing by Registrants
  • Information processing by Formulators
  • Information processing by end users
  • Coherence between REACH CSA, SDS information and local workplace risk assessment

The ENES Implementation Plan 2018 provides a description and more details on the 15 actions that are ongoing.

DUCC welcomes this publication and DUCC has been supporting this cross-stakeholder initiative since 2011, as many of the actions developed under this initiative aim at solving some of the difficulties encountered by our members with the implementation of REACH. DUCC will provide resources, to the extent possible, for the successful delivery of the ENES Work Programme. Please read our statement of commitment here.

For more information on ENES, the Exchange Network on Exposure Scenarios, please check the ECHA dedicated website.

25 September 2017

Revised SCEDs template

The DUCC/Concawe task force agreed to make a change to the template for the SCEDs – Specific Consumer Exposure Determinants. This change was agreed in October last year but only now DUCC and Concawe are making the revised template publicly available.

The change that was made to the template is on the field “Frequency of use over a year”: the frequency bands (i.e. the drop-down menu) have been removed and, instead, a numerical field has been created. This change is to provide SCEDs users more detailed information on annual use frequency and also flexibility on their risk assessment methodologies.

You can find more information about the SCEDs in the section Activities/SCEDs.

The revised template is available in the section Publications/Guidance & Tools.

20 September 2017

DUCC issues its views on Fitness Check

In the context of the Fitness Check on chemicals legislation excluding REACH, DUCC has identified the following topics as the most relevant for its members:

1. Regulatory labels
2. Risk vs. hazard
3. Bridging principles and mixture classification

DUCC shared this document with the European Commission.

The document can be found in the Publications section / Positions.

18 July 2017

DUCC issues document on the operational framework of SUMIs - Safe Use of Mixtures Information

DUCC members have agreed on a document which intends to clarify how the SUMIs can be used, in the context of the sectorial "bottom-up" approaches for deriving and communicating safe use of mixtures, developed by some DUCC members.

The document can be found in the Publications section / Guidance and Tools or in the Activities / Safe Use of Mixtures section.

19 May 2017

Information on SWEDs and SUMIs available in 8 languages

The DUCC Mixtures task force created a set of slides summarising the main principles behind the sector "bottom-up" approaches for deriving and communicating information on the safe use of mixtures by workers, including the SUMIs - Safe Use of Mixtures Information and how they relate to the SWEDs - sector-specific Workers Exposure Description, one of the elements of the use maps. These slides have been translated into some EU languages: French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Finnish and Portuguese. DUCC expects that this information will be useful for its national associations to train their members.

The slides can be found in the Publications section / Guidance and Tools.  

22 December 2016

DUCC views on the use of the Bridging Principles under CLP

ECHA has issued in June a document named “Use of Bridging Principles - based on individual views in the HelpNet” which summarises the thoughts from HelpNet CLP correspondents regarding the implementation of the Bridging Principles under CLP. The document includes a series of open questions that may need additional clarifications and DUCC is now issuing its views.

DUCC supports any effort for improving a harmonised application of CLP criteria across Europe. DUCC is ready to further engage with ECHA, the European Commission, the HelpNet CLP correspondents and any other interested party in order to find a practical way to harmonise the application of Bridging Principles across EU.

All DUCC position papers can be found under the section Publications/Positions.

20 December 2016

DUCC publishes tips for dowsntream users on substance evaluation

DUCC members have expressed some concerns about the lack of involvement of downstream users in the substance evaluation process.

According to the legal text, DU can contribute to this process, as they may be in possession of information useful for substance evaluation, such as use and risk assessment data, sometimes measured data. However, as DU are not known to the evaluators and are not present in the SIEF/consortia, there is no process to make sure DU sectors/companies can take part to this preparation and provide complementary data. Indeed, if additional information on exposure is sought by the Lead Registrant only in the 30-day period to comment on the initial draft decision (as we have seen happening), this is too short to provide impactful information and to assess together the most appropriate response.

ECHA’s leaflet, “Substance evaluation under REACH - Tips for Registrants and downstream users”, strongly advises that registrants and DUs prepare together, as early as possible, the participation in the evaluation process of the listed substances, but the experience of several of our members shows that this is rarely the case in practice.

Anticipation is of utmost importance, since DUs may be deeply impacted by the outcome of these decisions. In many cases, DUs can be even more impacted than M/I since they also have to comply with other legislations, e.g. for paints, detergents, cosmetics, toys, food-contact, RoHS, etc., and the decisions may entail re-formulation of products.

DUCC acknowledges and welcomes the fact that ECHA publishes already:
- the contact details for the Member State competent authority responsible for the evaluation of each substance, so that companies or trade associations can provide their input directly;
- the list of nominated Lead Registrants (when agreed by the LR), so that companies can check for the identity of the LR once a critical substance is listed in the (draft) CoRAP list

DUCC publishes this document with Tips for Downstream Users, providing clear instructions based on the existing possibilities for our members and DUs in general to be informed about which substances may go under substance evaluation. 

14 October 2016

DUCC co-signs a joint statement together with ECHA and Cefic on improving communication on the use of chemicals along the supply chain

On the 6 October, at the General Assembly of Cefic in Florence, a joint statement was signed by ECHA, Cefic and DUCC, which shows the commitment of these three institutions to enhancing communication in the supply chain on the use of chemicals. 

The sector use maps, originally developed by DUCC in 2009, are seen as an important tool which allows formulators to inform their suppliers about the uses and conditions of use of their mixtures. The registrants of the substances can therefore consider this information in their registration dossiers (either new dossiers or dossier updates) and when performing their chemical safety assessments.

By making sector use maps available, the DUCC member associations are not only providing a service to their member companies but also contributing to the improvement of the quality of registration dossiers, which will result in better quality exposure scenarios to be received by DUCC members and formulators in general. This will ultimately contribute to the safer use of chemicals, one of the main objectives of REACH.

Which DUCC sectors are finalising their packages on Use Maps?

Six DUCC members (A.I.S.E., CEPE, Cosmetics Europe, EFCC, Feica and I&P Europe) are actively working on finalisation of their use maps packages and these are expected to be published by the end of this month.

For more information on the use maps packages, please check this presentation.

All the information on use maps packages will be hosted by ECHA here.


Statement from Jan Robinson, DUCC Chair

Use maps are a topic of relevance for DUCC and its members and we welcome the fact that ECHA has channelled resources to work on the improvement of this tool.

DUCC had already developed a first use mapping template in 2009 – the UseR template – which was widely used by its members.
By gathering realistic use descriptions that are representative of an individual sector, industry associations are providing a service to their members, delivering harmonised sets of information that they can send to their suppliers. If the suppliers/registrants make use of these sets of information, they will be performing realistic exposure assessments because they will take into account the conditions of use that are closer to the reality of their clients. Another advantage is that registrants will be covering, all at once, a high percentage of uses within a sector.

All of the above will result in less need for “repair mechanisms” and will avoid the need for downstream users to go back to their suppliers asking them to rectify the parameters of their exposure assessments.

Related links:

14 March 2016

ECHA website on "Use Maps" and related information

ECHA has launched a website dedicated to the “use maps package”, bringing together the outcome of many of the initiatives of the CSR/ES Roadmap.
Indeed, this website will be the central database of many tools that are being developed for improving supply chain communication. Already 4 templates covering: uses; SWEDs; SPERCs; SCEDs (and in some cases supporting guidance) can be downloaded and more are expected to come during this year.

5 November 2014

Publication of the guidelines for structuring ES Short Titles for communication

With a view to improve harmonisation of exposure scenario (ES) short titles communicated in the supply chain, Cefic, DUCC and ECHA have developed an approach for generating ES Structured Short Titles, including guidelines for automation. This work took place in the context of the CSR/ES Roadmap initiative.

ES Structured Short Titles will be used for the creation of ES lists, namely tables of contents for annexes to safety data sheets of substances[1]. Therefore, this document is useful:

  • to registrants who generate extended SDS,
  • to downstream users who need to assess whether an ES may cover their use(s), and
  • to providers of software applications for extended Safety Data Sheets who can implement the guidelines in their systems.

ES Structured Short Titles aim at gradually replacing current ES ‘free-text’ short titles.

Download the Guidelines for Structuring ES Short Titles for communication.

[1]      Note: ES Structured Short Titles are different from the ES titles. Annex IV to this document provides a comparison between the two concepts.


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