Saturday, December 13, 2008

What is REACH? - Part 1

REACH - Registration, Evaluation and Authorization of Chemicals, which is the new EU regulation on chemicals. REACH has entered into force since 1 June 2007 without any adoption of national law.

The Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 Decemeber 2006 concerning th Registration, Evluation, Authorization and Restriction of chemicals (REACH) and Directive 2006/121/EC of the European Parliament and of the council of 18 Decemeber 2006 amending council Directive 67/548/EEC were publishing in the Official Journal on 30 Decemeber 2006.

The objective is to improve the protection of human health and the environment. About 30,000 chemical substances in use today will be registered over a period of 11 years.

This process will allow to fill information gaps on the hazards of substances and to identify risk managemnt measures to ensure their safe use.

There are three basic term definitions according to REACH:
- Substances
- Preprations
- Articles

REACH affects Substances, Preparations and Articles in a variety of consumer goods from different sectors: Chemicals, Cosmetics, Electrical and Electronics, Texitle, Toys, Food contact...etc

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