The EU's Regulation on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) entered into force on 1 June 2007.

It was 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 was designed, using the principle of ‘no data, no market', to shift onto industry the responsibility for assessing any risks relating to the substances placed on the EU market. In principle, REACH applies to all chemical substances, including domestic chemicals, therefore the impact of the REACH Regulation is far reaching.

All manufacturers and importers of chemical substances in the EU, including metals and metal compounds, in quantities exceeding one tonne per year are required to submit a registration dossier to the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA). To comply with the Regulation, companies must identify and manage the risks linked to the substances they manufacture and market in the EU. They must demonstrate to ECHA how the substance can be safely used, and they must communicate the risk management measures (RMMs) to the users.


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