Guido Sacconi is the rapporteur for REACH; he guided the legislation through all the institutional steps. A member of the parliament’s socialist group, he is robustly optimistic about the law’s potential. He said: “When the directive is fully in application, consumers will be certain that all goods – from shirts to pens – everything we use will be subject to a process that will make products safer.” Among REACH’s severest critics, Marie Anne Isler Beguin, with the Green party, calls the results of a long struggle a poor show. She said: “We find it completely unacceptable. We consider it could have been taken further, to have a veritable REACH serving our citizens, and serving to transform the toxic polluting chemicals industry into a Green chemical industry.” An EU industry sales figure of 586 billion euros in 2004 ranks the EU the leading chemicals producing area in the world.
REACH offers certain safety or little difference - opinions differ