REACH is the newest European Union legislation respecting the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restrction of CHemicals. REACH covers chemical substances as such in preparations or in articles intended to be released.
This single regulation replaces numerous EU laws and is complementary to order safety and environmental legislations.
What are the objectives?
First of all object is to ensure high level of protection from exposure to chemicals; in order to safeguard human health and the environment. Provide improved risk management stimulates innovaton and competitiveness of the EU chemicals industry. Shift responsibilities from authorities to industry.
Are all substances subject to registration?
Yes, all of them are the subjects. All substances above 1 tonne per year but there are exeptions from certain parts of the legislation. For exmple, chemicals used in food industry or medicine are covered by other EU laws.
Who is affected by REACH?
Virtually everyone who participates in supply chain, who is dealing with chemical substances will have certain obligations:
Manufacutrers or importers of chemical substances or mixtures of chemical substances located in the EU downstream users processing chemicals, formulating preparations (mixtures) for enduse or using formulated products as part of their business.
What are the consequences?
"No Registration - No Market" meaning that non-registered substances and non-registered uses will become illegal!