What is REACH?

REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals, (EY) N:o 1907/2006) is a European Union’s regulation aiming to increase chemical safety and to enhance the competitiveness of the EU’s chemical industry. The regulation sets guidelines and limitations for assessing and registering chemicals, as well as for the permit application procedures. The REACH regulation defines guidelines for gathering relevant information on the substance’s chemical properties and safety in addition to the registration process.

What and who does the REACH concern?

The REACH regulation concerns all chemical substances with the exception of specifically provided cases. The regulation covers all substances from industry chemicals to everyday substances such as cleaning supplies. The REACH regulation also covers chemicals in present in items, such as those used in clothes and electronics. It is therefore clear, that the REACH regulation affects multiple different industries operating in the EU. REACH can bring obligations to manufacturers, importers and users.

REACH 2018

REACH 2018 deadline is the 31st of May, 2018. All substances that require registration by the REACH regulation need to be registered by the deadline. Companies should begin the registration procedure well before the deadline as, depending on the substance, the process can take anywhere from a couple of months to even over a year. Companies should also be aware that depending on the situation they might be obligated to register multiple substances, such as each individual substance in a mixture.

Who does the REACH 2018 deadline concern?

REACH 2018 concerns companies that:

  • Manufacture more than one tonne of chemical substance per year within the EU
  • Import more than one tonne of chemical substance per year to the EU
  • Import items that include more than one tonne of chemical substance in total per year into the EU, and meet the rest of the criteria regulated in the REACH.
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