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What's REACH
REACH (Registration, Evaluation and Authorization of Chemicals) is the new EU (European Union) legislation for chemical substances entered into force on June 1, 2007.
It replaces most of the existing EU legislation on chemical substances, including the current EINECS inventory.
Substances in terms of REACH are chemicals that are obtained by any manufacturing process.
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
  • Polymers
  • Substances already subjected to other specific legislations (Biocides, Medical products, Food and Feedstuff, etc.)

Registration is needed for:
  • Any Legal Entity in Europe that produces or imports a substance
  • A Legal Entity in Europe that represents an European producer or importer (Third representative)
  • A Legal Entity in Europe that represents a non-European producer (Only representative)

Communication among the manufacturer/importer and the downstream users occurs with the help of an “Extended Data Sheet”, completed with the “Identified Uses” and the related “Exposures Scenarios”.
A prior exchange of information between manufacturers and downstream users on exposure and on the suitable uses is essential.