REACH

 

REACH is a regulation of the European Union, adopted to improve the protection of human health and the environment from the risks that can be posed by chemicals, while enhancing the competitiveness of the EU chemicals industry. It also promotes alternative methods for the hazard assessment of substances in order to reduce the number of tests on animals.

Substance Identity

Unambiguous substance identification is a pre-requisite to most of the REACH processes. Actors in the supply chain must have sufficient information on the identity of their substance.

Processes

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Companies have the responsibility of collecting information on the properties and the uses of substances that they manufacture or import at or above one tonne per year. They also have to make an assessment of the hazards and potential risks presented by the substance.

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ECHA and the Member States evaluate the information submitted by companies to examine the quality of the registration dossiers and the testing proposals and to clarify if a given substance constitutes a risk to human health or the environment.

 

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The authorisation procedure aims to assure that the risks from Substances of Very High Concern are properly controlled and that these substances are progressively replaced by suitable alternatives while ensuring the good functioning of the EU internal market.

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Restrictions are a tool to protect human health and the environment from unacceptable risks posed by chemicals. Restrictions may limit or ban the manufacture, placing on the market or use of a substance.

 

Downstream Users

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You are a downstream user if you use a substance, either on its own or in a mixture, in the course of your industrial or professional activities.

Candidate List substances in articles

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The identification of a substance as a Substance of Very High Concern (SVHC) and its inclusion in the Candidate List creates certain legal obligations for the importers, producers and suppliers of an article that contains such a substance.

 

Nanomaterials under REACH and CLP

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Nanotechnology is rapidly expanding and is being used in various areas, such as health care, consumer products like cosmetics, electronics, energy technologies, food, and agriculture.