REACH Regulation

What is REACH Regulation?

REACH is the New Chemical Legislation is Europe on Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and restrictions on CHemical substances : (EC) N° 1907/2006. It came into force on 1st June 2007.

Its objective is to ensure a high level of protection of the environment and the human health when assessing the hazards of chemical substances brought to the EU market and from imports. It promotes the development of alternative methods, while enhancing competitiveness and innovation.

The responsibility for the management of the risks of substances lies within any persons that manufacture, import, place on the market or use these substances. YOU need to deliver adequate security information to the users of your substances. Therefore each involved company needs to take proactive measures to bring itself in conformity.

EMVEO can help you for this purpose.

The European Commission may take supplementary measures concerning  substances of very high concern , when such complementary measures turns out to be compulsary.
The REACH regulation specifically defines obligations of producers and users to their suppliers, their clients/downstream users and to the Chemical Agency, based in Helsinki.

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Who is the typical client for our REACH services?

Anybody who manufactures, imports, places on the market or uses chemical substances is confronted with REACH. It is YOUR responsibility to evaluate and manage the risks of chemical substances. Reach regulates the communication of this information to other professionals along the supply chain.

Downstream users are obliged to inform their distributors and suppliers of the uses of the ordered substances.

The information is communicated and distributed through the Safety Data Sheet (the “SDS »). The SDS is compiled in strict accordance with Annex II of REACH.

Downstream users receiving a SDS must recognize the risk management measures stipulated on the SDS and have  to strictly stick to the identified uses of a substance.

Also in case a downstream user does not want to communicate the information on uses and exposure (namely for trade and product secret reason), he will have to assess himself the risk involved with the specific use of his substance.

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The time limits to submit mandatory information to ECHA

The time limits for these obligations are linked to the volumes placed on the market, and mandatory information must be submitted to ECHA at the following times: ·

  • 1 December 2010 for substances produced in quantities = or > 1000 tonnes/year, for highly toxic substances to aquatic organisms (R50/53) produced at a rate of 11 tonnes/year or more and for substances which are carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic for reproduction Cat 1 & 2 produced at a rate of 1 tonne/year or more
  • 1 June 2013 for substances produced in quantities = or > 100 tonnes/year
  • 1 June 2018 for substances produced in quantities = or > 1 tonne/year

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