LIFE 13 ENV/IT/00849

Report 5

Report 5 – Science-Politics integration

Entry into force of the REACH Regulation in 2007, made clear that a new kind of professional was needed. This condition led to the implementation of a number of Masters or Training Courses aimed at shaping a new professional figure and/or to update skills of people that were already carrying out a job dealing with the chemical sector. Project Partners already indirectly carried out analyses related to Capacity Building activities in the context of the other Specific Reports, so the focus for the Specific Report 5 has been to put on activities carried out in the Training field until now and, of course, on their possible developments. For instance, in Italy various institutions were, and still are getting involved in Training. The Report is focused on what has been done in the training field dealing with REACH from seversal institutions like Ministero dello Sviluppo Economico, Ministero dell’Università e della Ricerca, Ministero della Salute/Istituto Superiore della Sanità o ISS, Ministero dell’Ambiente e della Tutela del Territorio e del Mare, ISPRA o Istituto Superiore per la protezione e la Ricerca Ambientale, Servizi Sanitari Regionali. After seeing what has been done, in the training field, about REACH until now, it strikes how much more there is still to do. Indeed, the principal critical issues encountered during the research activity on the state of art, are:

CRITICAL ISSUE

  1. Lack of a unitary training program, both at national and European level
  2. Lack of competencies and knowledge about Reach/CLP for some employers’ Associations
  3. Lack of minimum standards for the definition of a proper professional profile for the REACH/CLP “expert”
  4. Spreading of the knowledge about REACH
  5. Need for development of a Standard for Best Practices