REACH is the Regulation(EC)No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2006 concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and Reatriction of Chemicals. It entered into force on 1 June 2007.
What are the Key provisions of REACH Regulation?
◆ Regulation: Substance manufactured/imported over 1 ton per year need to be registered with the European Chemical Agency (ECHA) by EU manufacturers and imports; non-EU companies have to rely on EU REACH Only Representative to submit registration on their behalf.
◆ Evaluation: Registration dossiers submitted will be examined by ECHA in terms of completeness and data requirements. ECHA will also assess a substance of concern for its environment/public health impact.
◆ Authorization: Listed Substance of Very High Concern(SVHC) in Annex XIV will not be allowed to be used, placed on the market or imported into the EU after a data to be set unless the company is granted an authorization.
◆ Restriction: Annex XVII of the REACH Regulation contains the list of all restricted substances, specifying which uses are restricted or even banned.
◆ Communication in the supply chain: Information about the safe use of chemicals (risk management measures) need to be communicated up and down the supply chain in the format of Safety Data Sheets or Chemical Safety Report.