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Revision of the EU’s legislation on chemicals: REACH

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If you supply chemicals into the EU market, or plan to do so in the future, this is your opportunity to have your say on the EU’s REACH regulation! 

Adopted originally in 2006, the Regulation on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) places responsibility on industry to manage the risks from chemicals and to provide safety information on the substances. Manufacturers and importers have to gather information on the properties of their chemical substances, which will allow their safe handling, and to register the information in a central database in the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) in Helsinki.  The legislation also foresees the gradual substitution of the most dangerous chemicals, as safer alternatives are developed.

Now the Regulation is being revised, with the aim of not only creating safer and more sustainable chemicals, that offer a higher level of protection of human health and the environment but also to try to iron out a number of problems that have emerged as the rules have been implemented.

The European Commission wants to hear from affected businesses on their views across a range of issues, including registration of chemicals, mixtures assessment factors, communication in supply chains, evaluation of substances, ways to authorise and restrict processing, as well as any thoughts on control and enforcement.

If you are interested to take part in this consultation please use this link, the questionnaire is open until mid-April REACH consultation 

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