REACH Certification

REACH Certification - Registration, Evaluation & Authorization of Chemicals

The new European Union chemical policy, REACH (Registration, Evaluation and Authorization of Chemicals), is aiming at ensuring a high level of protection of health and the environment as well as enhancing innovation of green chemicals.

The Regulation (EC) N1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2006 concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of chemicals (REACH) and Directive 2006/121/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2006 amending Council Directive 67/548/EEC (relating to the classification, packaging and labelling of dangerous substances) were published in the Official Journal on 30 December 2006

When REACH comes into force on 1 June 2007, it will replace around 40 existing EU Regulations and Directives so as to provide a single system to regulate chemicals in a more organized manner.

Replaces 40 existing EU Chemical Regulations and Directives

Aims at ensuring a high level of protection of health and the environment and at giving industrials, EU manufacturers and importers a sense of responsibility

Most industries are affected by REACH (toy, textile, electrical, cosmetic)

Industries will have to improve the communication through its supply chain; suppliers will have to provide information on substances; information about safety to be communicated to the downstream users and distributors

Recommends a single system to regulate chemicals of 1 tonne or more on the European market (priorities on high volumes and substances of very high concern SVHC) data base of registered substances managed by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA, 25 Member States) located in Helsinki, Finland around 30 000 substances will be registered 500 substances are classified as CMR (Carcinogens, Mutagens, Reprotoxic) with 140 priority substances

Who does it affect?

REACH obliges manufacturers or importers to register substances on its own, in preparation or in article they place on the EU market with relevant information with a threshold limit of 1 tonne per annum.

Distributors and downstream users will also be concerned by REACH, as they use substances in the course of their industrial or professional activities.

What will change with this new system of chemicals management?

Under the present legislation public authorities are required to identify and address possible safety issues for the chemicals on the market. REACH aims at changing this balance by requiring industry to take responsibility for assessing the risks of chemicals and for ensuring their safe use. At the same time, improvements in the efficiency of the system are designed to ensure that there are better incentives for developing new and safer chemicals and that the requirements are drawn up in such a way that the competitiveness of EU industry is safeguarded.

Then, industries will be responsible for declaring uses of chemical substances in order to assess the risks inherent in the use.

The REACH implementation project (RIP) carried out a close collaboration between commission services and stakeholders, member states and industry. Technical guidance documents are prepared for industry and authorities to facilitate the implementation of the future REACH regulation. It will help to understand tasks and fulfil obligations under REACH