Monday, November 24, 2008

EU REACH Directive - Basic Requirements

REACH is an acronym that stands for “Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals”. REACH replaces about 40 different EU regulations and provides a uniform approach to evaluating, approving, and if necessary, restricting the manufacture, import and uses of chemicals within EU Member States.

Because REACH also addresses the uses of chemicals, this directive can have a direct impact on a wide range of organizations. This article provides a summary of some of the key elements and concepts of the REACH Directive.

The basic format for the REACH directive is:

  • All chemicals manufactured and/or imported to the EU in volumes more than 1 ton per year are required to be registered
  • All registered chemicals must identify uses
  • Manufacturers and importers must assess the risks associated with the manufacture and uses of chemicals, and then report findings to a central agency, the European Chemicals Agency.
  • The European Chemicals Agency will be responsible for reviewing and evaluating chemical information and determining if any further actions to control risks are appropriate.

If chemicals or mixtures contain chemicals of very high concern (carcinogens, mutagens, etc.), then specific authorizations and/or restrictions on the manufacture, import, and/or uses of the materials may be required.

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