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REACH decree

The REACH decree (‘Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals’) has been in force since 1 June 2007. The objective of the decree is to standardise and simplify the law relating to chemicals. The REACH decree specifies among other things that only pre-registered chemicals having a special registration number may be circulated within the member states of the European Union.

 

Obligations for producers.

The manufacturers or the importers are the only ones allowed to provide information about the risks associated with the respective contents as well as about how the said contents can be used safely. In addition to ensuring that the items in question have been entered into the classification and labelling systems and the respective safety data sheets, they have to ensure that the following conditions are fulfilled:

 

  1. The REACH requirements are adhered to and examined by the manufacturer on a regular basis.
  2. The contents of the manufactured products must be inspected and the reportable contents must be reported to and registered with the authority responsible (ECHA, European Chemicals Agency).
  3. The fees associated with the operation must be paid in full and the relevant information must be made available. The information can be supplied by, for example, recording it in data safety sheets or providing a reference to the manufacturer’s homepage.

This is where you can find further information about REACH.