Databases: It is EOSCA’s policy to question the implementation of pan-industry databases as it is believed that such may compromise the confidentiality of technical information, including component data. However under strict controls EOSCA recognises the inherent data handling value of such tools. For Oil in Water discharge limits – EOSCA aligns itself with operator associations on such matters.

Third Party Approval Systems – EOSCA is inherently against the imposition of such systems by other organisations on its members. It however encourages its members to voluntarily use such systems to ensure high standards and best practice.

Suspected Endocrine Disrupters – At present EOSCA has entered into a voluntary agreement with UKOOA in the UK sector of the North Sea to ensure that all Nonyl Phenol and Nonyl Phenol Ethoxylates are removed and/or substituted within formulations.

It should be noted, however, that this does not exend to the use of alkylphenol formaldehyde resins as used e.g. in demulsifier formulations which EOSCA has tested and found to have no endocrine disrupting properties.

Substance vs Preparation testing-EOSCA will pursue and support a policy where eco-toxicological data on both substances and preparations will be accepted by regulatory authorities, where scientifically valid. However it will not advocate or support a move by relevant authorities to require testing at both substance and preparation levels.

OSPAR List of Chemicals for Priority Action-EOSCA has notified OSPAR that to the best of its belief none of its members has any production interest in the substances placed on this list.