Dye-Staff launched this petition online https://www.change.org/p/beatrice-lorenzin-aiutaci-a-salvare-le-piccole-imprese-e-i-lavoratori-che-fanno-grande-il-made-in-italy
The purpose of this petition is to prevent the closure of many SMEs and loss of jobs of their employees: to ensure that rules are respected at sustainable costs.
Italian fashion is going to loose its colours due to the risk that Italian SMEs supplier of the this sector are likely to close their activities, forever. The reason for all of this is that the registration costs for these dyes according to the European Regulation REACH (EC 1907/2006 – Registration, Evaluation, and Authorization of Chemicals) are too high for SMEs.
REACH REGULATION ESTABLISHES CORRECT OBJECTIVES FOR THE PROTECTION OF HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENT AND THE COMPANIES WHICH LAUNCH THIS APPEAL INTEND TO RESPECT EUROPEAN REGULATION.
REACH Regulation requires that all companies producing and importing chemical substances have to prepare a technical dossier for each substance for “Registration”, specifying information about intrinsic – chemical-physical, toxicological and ecotoxicological properties – and on the uses of chemicals substances.
THE PROBLEM IS THAT THESE REGISTRATIONS HAVE AN AVERAGE COST OF € 30,000 FOR EACH SUBSTANCE (FOR SUBSTANCES WITH A PRODUCTION/IMPORTATION VOLUME OF MAX 10 TONS PER YEAR) IF THE TESTS ARE PERFORMED IN A TRADITIONAL WAY AND THEY ARE MUCH HIGHER IF THEY EXCEED 10 TONS/YEAR.
The fact that a typical SME in this sector has on average some hundred substances subject to single registration and that there is need to register as many substances as possible in order to remain competitive on the market, it becomes evident that such costs are not sustainable for them.
The risk is the closure of many SMEs and the loss of several hundreds of jobs they generate. This is a very Italian problem considering the peculiarity of our country, leader in the Eurozone for the value of SMEs (over 95%) and the undiscussed leadership in Europe for textile.
SMEs in this sector are not able to cope with these costs concerning the application of the Regulation in its’ present concept which is seriously threatening their survival and their occupation.
Italy is the world’s leading textile exporter, luxury clothing and accessories, and second overall in the fashion sector.
With a share of 41% Italy is the first country in Europe for gross production value, followed by Germany with 11%, Spain with 10%, France with 8% and Great Britain with 7%. Perhaps it is the sole sector where the first country is 30 points higher than the second.
Thus without forgetting to mention the international record of Italian leather, which accounts for 65% of European production and 19% of world production.
These figures are generated by many small and prestigious manufacturing districts throughout Italy: Prato, Arzignano, Como, Biella, Bergamo, Santa Croce sull’Arno, Solofra, Naples.
The SMEs launching this petition did not limit only to warn of this almost inevitable decline but have reacted by investing their limited resources in the research of Mario Negri Institute in Milan, where researchers – perhaps the best in the world in terms of knowledge in dyestuff sector – work on methodologies and alternative applications to those on animals.
A large database has been created, thanks to the collaboration of Institutes, Universities and Governmental Organizations (ie American and Canadian EPAs) to find useful data and studies for the evaluation of dyes.
We therefore ask:
- formal acknowledgment by Italian and European institutions of the objective difficulties that REACH puts on SMEs and the work done so far in the definition of scientific results;
- an economic support on the costs for analysis and testing required for registrations;
- a simplified path in the REACH registration process for Enterprises that operate with this type of product.
We need your signature
- to defend jobs
- to defend SMEs that work well and honestly
- to defend our Made in Italy!
Questa petizione sarà consegnata a:
- Ministro della Salute
- Ministro dello Sviluppo Economico
(photo Angelo Amboldi)