The European Chemical Agency - ECHA established a single regulatory system for chemical substances REACH (EC regulation No. 1907/2006) and replaced close to 40 different existing legislation.
REACH stands for “Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals”. It applies to manufacturers of chemicals as well as importers and users, regardless of industry. The REACH Regulation (EC) No. 1907/2006 entered into force on 1st June 2007
This Regulation applies to all chemical substances; not only those used in industrial processes but also in 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 supply chain. Depending on the positioning of the activity in supply chain and depending on the quantity of products and their toxicity, the responsibility in the REACH system will diverge.
Compliance with the REACH Regulation (EC1907/2006) is mandatory for continued sales of chemicals and products in the European Union. Chemicals manufactured in or imported into the EU more than one tonne per annum must be registered. Registration applies to substances on their own, substances in mixtures and certain cases of substances in articles and is based on the "one substance, one registration" principle.
If you are a company established outside the EU, the responsibility for fulfilling the requirements of REACH, such as registration lies with the importers established in the European Union, or with the only representative of a non-EU manufacturer established in the European Union.
When a substance is added to the SVHC Candidate List, the EU REACH Regulation imposes obligation on manufacturers and importers to declare the substances if present. Article 33(1) of the REACH Regulation states that manufacturers and importers of articles are required to notify their customers of the presence of any Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) in their products exceeding 0.1% by weight and provide instructions on safe use of the product.
The purpose of this training is to give an overview of the key requirements of REACH. The following subjects are discussed: