WHAT IS REACH?

REACH stands for the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction  of Chemicals. This new EU regulatory framework for Chemicals centralises and simplifies chemicals legislation throughout Europe and entered into force on 1st of June 2007.

Chemicals in volumes of 1 t/a or more must only be manufactured or imported if they have previously been registered and evaluated. Particularly hazardous materials have to undergo an authorisation process.

PRE-REGISTRATION / REGISTRATION

For so-called phase-in substances, manufacturers and importers of substances requiring registration can benefit from transitional periods, allowing them to continue to market these materials until the deadline expires. Companies had to pre-register for this in 2008, however.

Authorisation

Substances with properties of very high concern may be subject to authorisation.

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) publishes a list of substances that may require authorisation.

INFORMATION ALONG THE SUPPLY CHAIN

REACH provides that information is communicated from the manufacturer via the distributor to the user, and vice versa. One of the most important instruments for this are the safety data sheets.

USE, DOWNSTREAM USERS

Our suppliers are working toward registration of the substances that are within the scope of REACH. Intended uses, our suppliers have identified, should be covered by registration.

Further information on REACH

can be found on the following website:

Information from

the Reach CLP Helpdesk at the German Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Occupation Medicine (BAuA, Bundesanstalt für Arbeitsschutz und Arbeitsmedizin)

Tel. +49 231 9071-2971 (BAuA information centre)
Fax. +49 231 9071-2679
E-mail: reach-clp(at)baua.bund(dot)de

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