REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals) is a new European chemical law. The REACH ordinance was published on 30th December 2006 in the official gazette of the European Union No. L396 as an ordinance (EU) No. 1907/2006 and replaces numerous existing legal regulations.
REACH – Safety for the future
Key elements of the REACH strategy are:
- Shifting of responsibility for the compilation and evaluation of data and for the assessment of risks connected to the use of chemical by the authorities to industry (shifting of burden of proof on the originator).
- Extension of the responsibility for product safety and availability of information on uses and exposure to all subsequent users (only for manufacturers and importers till now)
- Application specific approval processes for chemicals that give rise to concern
- Obligatory common use of test data and dividing up of the test costs particularly for avoidance of animal testing („data sharing „ is already compulsory in Austria) and simultaneously the promotion of testing methods that do not use animals.
- Compilation of all imported chemicals (new and old substances) manufactured in the EU at quantities above one tone per year in a central database. Approx. 30,000 notifications are expected.
- Evaluation of chemicals through concerned authorities based on tests and other available information, which - depending on the amounts being traded - must be made available by the companies (approx. 15% of the chemicals recorded).
- Approval process for chemical that give rise to great concern (approx. 5% of the recorded chemicals) due to their having the following properties:
- carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic for reproduction (CMR) categories 1 or 2
- PBTs; persistent, bio-accumulative, toxic or vPvBs; very persistent, very bio-accumulative
- other harmful properties that give rise to great concern of enormous proportions, such as, for example, those that have an (endocrine) effect on hormonal balance.
We consider it our duty as a company to meet these requirements. At the end of this document you will find an analysis about the situation of ES&S concerning the REACH problem.
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