REACH is the largest environmental and health-political set of regulations which the EU has launched. This results in a comprehensive re-structuring of the European chemicals legislation. REACH was adopted in December 2006 after a legislation procedure of many years; it was published on 30 December 2006 in the Official Journal of the European Union (No. L 396) as Regulation 1907/2006/EC. An edited version of the REACH Regulation was published (EU Official Journal L 136) on 29 May 2007. REACH will gradually come into force in all Member States; the first part already came into force on 1 June 2007.
The acronym 'REACH' stands for the four independent basic elements of the system:
The regulation has a comprehensive scope which covers all manufactured, imported, put into circulation or used substances as such or under certain conditions in preparations or articles. Explicitly excluded from the scope are in particular: radioactive substances, substances under customs supervision or in transit, non-isolated intermediates and waste.
In certain cases there are exemptions from registration, evaluation and authorisation
In view of the comprehensive duties resulting from REACH for nearly all companies, an immediate and intensive preparation for the implementation of the regulation into the practice is recommended. We will support you in this process.