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Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) is the system for controlling chemicals in the EU/EEA. REACH entered into force in 1 June 2007.
REACH addresses most of the chemical substances that are manufactured in, or imported into, the EU. This can be
REACH is the strictest law to date regulating chemical substances and will affect industries throughout the world. REACH entered into force in 1 June 2007, with a phased implementation over the next decade.
Information on the properties and hazards of substances are needneeded to be collected and assessed as per this regulation. REACH establishes procedures for it. Companies need to register their substances and to do this they need to work together with other companies who are registering the same substance. The substances manufactured or imported into the EU in quantities of 1 tonne per year or more need to be registered.
In principle, REACH applies to all chemical substances; those used in industrial processes, day-to-day lives, cleaning products, paints , articles such as clothes, and furniture etc. Therefore, the regulation has an impact on most companies across the EU.
Before starting the procedures for becoming REACH compliant, it is important to identify who you are and what is your role under REACH. And you need to understand the ways it might affect you. First you have to ask yourself what you do in your business and where chemicals might be used.
REACH impacts on a wide range of companies across many sectors, even those who may not think of themselves as being involved with chemicals.
Almost every company in the European Union will be bounded by a new responsibility under REACH. There are different types of REACH duty holder, which are explained below to see how you fit in.
Manufacturer: A manufacturer is somebody based in the EU/EEA that produces or extracts a substance. This could be by chemical synthesis, by smelting or by extracting them from another sources. Companies that simply blend substances together not generally manufacturers; however,they should check this, especially when mixing acids and bases.
Importer: If you directly import anything from outside the EU/EEA, be it chemical substances (including metals), mixtures, articles, or articles that substances intended for release, then its quite possible that you may have some responsibilities under REACH.
Downstream user: They are companies or individuals who use a chemical substance,either on its own or in a mixture, in the course of their industrial or professional activities. Downstream users have a key role to play in advancing the safe use of chemicals by implementing safe use at their own site and communicating relevant information both to their suppliers and their customers.
They can be Distributors. Distributors are anyone who only stores and places on the market a substance (on its own or in a mixture) for third parties. Placing on the market may be supply or simply making a substance available, and may be in return for payment or free of charge. A retailer is a distributor. If the products that you distribute are articles, then you will also be classed as a supplier of articles. Communication up and down the supply chain is one of the things critical to the success of REACH. As a distributor, you are a vital link in this communication chainand your participation is needed.
Downstream users can be found in many industries and occupations. Examples include:
Distributors, Formulators, End users, Producers of articles, Re-fillers, Re-importers etc.
Duty: The main roles and obligations of downstream users are
So in practice then, everyone in the EU that manufactures a product, trades or uses a chemical is likely to be affected to some degree. Since the regulation has an impact on most of the companies across the EU, REACH is likely to be one of the biggest programs of work for them.
REACH comes at a considerable cost, the most accepted overall price tag is €6 billion but REACH is seen as industry’s responsibility and industry, therefore, has to foot the bill.
Enventure with a decade of experience in product environmental compliance can offer complete solution for your REACH compliance needs. We can offer REACH gap analysis, REACH compliance road map, Identify full chemical composition of your articles, Identify SVHCs in your products and support you in registration and other obligations in compliance. Speak to one of our consultant to know more about your obligation and how you can fulfill in a shorter time frame.