APC’s REACH team can provide advice, alongside regulatory and technical support, in order for you to meet the REACH requirements of your business, whether you are a manufacturer, importer or a downstream user of the substance, using it as sold, in a preparation or in an article.
The REACH regulation (Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals) entered into force in June 2007 and calls for all manufacturers, importers and downstream users to ensure their substances and uses are registered with ECHA (the European Chemicals Agency). The key aim of REACH is to protect human health and the environment, while maintaining competitiveness and enhancing the innovative capacity of the EU chemical industry.
Any substance manufactured in or imported into the EU in quantities of 1 tonne or more requires a REACH registration to be completed with ECHA within three months of the first manufacture or import.
There are three deadlines for registration of ‘phase-in’ substances, two of which have already passed:
31 May 2018 – Substances which are manufactured at 1-100 tonnes per annum.
31 May 2013 – Substances which are manufactured at ≥ 100 tonnes per annum.
30 November 2010 – Substances which are manufactured at ≥ 1000 tonnes per annum, ≥ 1 tonnes per annum which are carcinogenic, mutagens and reprotoxins (CMRs) and ≥ 100 tonnes per annum which are dangerous to the environment (R50/53).
There is a phase of pre-registration which may still be entered if the product was not on the market before December 1st 2008, however this will only now apply to substances manufactured or imported in quantities of 1 to 100 tonnes – for all other substances, registration must be completed within the specified timelines.