The EU REACH Regulation entered into force on 1 June 2007 . The core aim of this legislation is to improve the protection of human health and the environment from the hazards of chemicals, including metals and their compounds.
REACH places the burden of proof upon industry to:
To achieve this goal the EU requires all manufacturers in Europe and/or importers into Europe of chemicals substances, to register detailed technical dossiers about each substance with the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) within certain timeframes.
Registration must be made within certain timeframes, depending upon the annual tonnage you manufacture in the EU and/or import into the EU.
REACH-registration deadlines for:
Non-compliance with REACH-registration by the prescribed deadlines means that it is against the law to continue to manufacture in the EU, and/or import substances into the EU that you have not registered.
In very broad terms, per substance, REACH prescribes an extensive list of human health, environment and physico-chemical endpoints about which it first requires data. Secondly, it requires the data to be used to make risk assessment, and thirdly it requires the provision and use of risk management measures for safe use of each substance throughout its life cycle.
Letters Of Access are available to Non-MoCon Members.
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has developed an extensive REACH Guidance Page to facilitate your implementation of REACH by describing good practice on how to fulfil the numerous obligations. Registration, Data-Sharing, Substance Identity, Intermediates, SDS Compilation, Waste and Recovered Substances are all examples of Guidance Documents that are available in various EU languages.
Likewise, ECHA has developed a set of Guidance Documents that you can download, on topics as diverse as Getting Started with REACH-IT; to Invoicing; to Legal Entity Change: how to submit an Inquiry, or Chemical Safety Report as part of a joint submission; or determine what will be published on the ECHA website from a registration dossier.
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