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e-Business in the chemical, rubber and plastics industryBusiness exampleSAP REACH Compliance – an integrated approachSAP, the leading provider of ERP solutions in the chemical industry, hasdeveloped SAP REACH Compliance, a software module that is based on theSAP Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S) solution. Deployment of the newREACH module started in March 2008. Potential customers are in the firstline existing SAP customers in the chemical industry (about 1200 in Europe)and in related industries where REACH is also relevant (notably thepharmaceutical, oil and gas industries). The main target groups are largeand technologically advanced medium-sized companies.Companies need to fulfil two technical requirements to be able to use thenew module: they need to have SAP EH&S, and SAP NetWeaver 7.0. Costsfor implementing the REACH Compliance module depend on the company'sturnover. This reflects that the potential value the software has for a firmincreases with the number of substances that have to be registered. SAPsays that the software can normally be implemented and operational withinfour months but, depending on the scope and complexity of the company,can also take longer.SAP REACH Compliance is tightly linked with the ERP system. It combinesregistration management (as requested by REACH) with supply chainmanagement functions. By integrating ERP and REACH processes in anadvanced way, the effort for data entry and maintenance shall be minimisedand errors be avoided, enabling optimal gains in process efficiency in thelong run. Furthermore, the software links substance registration withproduction, logistics, procurement and distribution processes, recognisingthat legal REACH requirements go beyond the registration obligations andimpact business processes, too. The company ideally has full transparencyin which products which substances have been used.Although targeted towards SAP customers, the company points out thattools from other providers (e.g. for material safety data sheet reporting) canbe integrated with the application, and that EU REACH exchange formatssuch as IUCLID 5 are supported.Sources: Telephone interview with Mr Marko Lange, Solution Management,Industry Business Unit Chemicals, SAP, 29 February 2008; "SAP ReachCompliance – Chemische Stoffe sicher zulassen und dokumentieren"(information leaflet);66

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