“Industry and policy maker cooperation will maintain Europe’s diisocyanates industry competitiveness,” concluded ISOPA’s Secretary General, Jörg Palmersheim at the FEICA, Deutsche Bauchemie, and IVK Diisocyanates seminar on 20 January 2016. Over the past years, the Polyurethane Exchange Panel – which includes diisocyanates manufacturers, ISOPA, ALIPA, and Polyurethane Downstream User Associations – has been supporting the initiatives of BAuA, the German REACH Competent Authority, while presenting the industry’s position on the socio-economic impacts of REACH. Looking to the coming years, ISOPA is confident that the Exchange Panel will continue to actively provide relevant information to authorities conducting research on diisocyanates; we hope more downstream associations join the panel in order for all voices across the value chain to be represented and heard.

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Furthermore, in explaining the need for continuous industry cooperation with decision makers, Jörg Palmersheim, clarified the REACH processes on diisocyanates, thus underlining the added value of product stewardship initiatives. Over the years, policy initiatives aside, the polyurethane value chain has been proactively ensuring that the potential impacts of different products and materials are adequately managed in order to protect the environment and human health. Going forward, in Jörg Palmersheim’s words “the commitment to safety is here to stay.”

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