The Downstream Users of Chemicals Co-ordination Group (DUCC) is a platform of European associations which represent “downstream” industries. It has developed a common format for reporting uses under REACH. Many sectors of industry have used this format to provide a tool to DU Associations (and their members) for mapping and reporting uses for their respective sectors. Uses should be mapped using the Use Descriptor System. Additional information is provided to allow exposure assessment at screening level (using ECETOC TRA). Each Downstream User Association is responsible for filling and updating the use information for its sector, following the format provided in this document. DU Associations are advised to make their lists of uses publicly available and/or accessible to Manufacturers/Importers as relevant.
Until recently the oil and gas industry had no specific format for mapping uses for the sector. EOSCA is promoting a common format for the sector by offering one developed for its members and any others in the industry. This can be viewed and downloaded for use here.