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.
In principle, REACH applies to all chemical substances; not only those used in industrial processes but also in our day-to-day lives, for example in cleaning products, paints as well as in articles such as clothes, furniture and electrical appliances. Therefore, the regulation has an impact on most companies across the EU. Any substance produced or imported in the EU in a quantity exceeding 1 ton/year must be registered with the submission of specific dossier to the new European Chemical Agency in Helsinki starting from June 1, 2008.
REACH does not apply to:
- Non-isolated intermediates
- Substances already subjected to other specific legislations (Biocides, Medical products, Food and Feedstuff, etc.)