Since 2007, essenscia has accompanied SMEs in the implementation of REACH and CLP, the mandatory communication of information on the risks and hazards of chemicals. essenscia does this via two regional projects:
  • Vlaanderens REACH Implementatie Projecten (VLARIP) in Flanders
  • Wallonie Reach Implementation Programme (WALRIP)  in the Walloon region

Central to this process is the exchange of experience among the participants during regular meetings. The projects assist SMEs:
  • To build a REACH and CLP strategy
  • To improve communication in the supply chain
  • To substitute unsafe chemicals
  • by training on REACH & CLP requirements
  • by giving updates on changes in REACH & CLP
  • by creating a network
Over the past years, 154 companies were active in VLARIP and 139 companies took part in WALRIP.  Both projects are open for all Flemish/Walloon companies. Evaluation of the projects revealed a high degree of participant satisfaction.
WALRIP continues till the next CLP deadline in June 2015 with support from the Walloon government. VLARIP is continuing without project funding from authorities. Participating SMEs can benefit from a 50% rembursal of the participation fee via the SME-Portfolio (‘KMO portefeuille’), a funding program for training of SMEs.