REACH – Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of CHemical substances
REACH (EC 1907/2006) is a new European regulation on chemicals and their safe use. It has one key aim – to protect human health and the environment from the risks arising from the use of chemicals.
REACH entered into force on 1 June 2007, and provisions within it are being phased-in over 11 years. REACH requires manufacturing industries to manage the risks from chemicals used in their products (‘articles’) and to provide safety information on them. This information is registered in a central database run by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA).
REACH requires that measures are taken to ensure that exposure to chemical substances released by articles is kept below safe levels throughout the whole life-cycle of a product – including manufacture, use and disposal (and whether the article is used as intended or not).
For further details on how REACH may affect your industry, please contact our Material Emissions Specialists.