Kontaktgruppe der Direktoren
The Directors' Contact Group (DCG) provides an informal platform for the exchange of views between the European Commission, ECHA and Industry Associations. Executive Director Geert Dancet chairs the group.
The DCG's objectives are to monitor the overall preparedness of companies and to identify and resolve the priority issues of concern in meeting obligations relevant to the registration of chemical substances. Special attention is also paid to priority issues of concern for a secured supply of substances to downstream users.
The DCG was set up in January 2010 in the run-up for the first registration deadline of phase-in substances. Under its initial mandate, the DCG found solutions to 28 issues of concern for industry. These solutions were shared with the Member State Competent Authorities through the CARACAL advisory body and with the EU/EEA Enforcement Authorities through the Forum for Exchange of Information on Enforcement.
In January 2014, the DCG adopted new Terms of Work for the period until 31 December 2018, with a particular focus on coordinating support to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), whether registrants or downstream users.
On 15 December 2017, the DCG decided to reopen four solutions designed already for the 2010 and 2013 deadlines for companies in exceptional circumstances (solutions 10, 15, 20 and 21). ECHA will activate these for the 2018 registrants from 31 January 2018 onwards. The DCG also slightly amended the wording of solutions 15 and 21.
The DCG publishes information on specific aspects of its work by means "communiqués".