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On 08, Jan 2014 | In | By admin


REACH: Chemicals legislation in the EU and beyond

Hazardous substances include, but are not limited to substances that are classified as carcinogenic or toxic. Their use is regulated in many countries. And that includes the EU, where the European Regulation REACH 1907/2006/EC (Registration, Evaluation and Authorization of Chemicals) entered into force on June 1, 2007. If hazardous substances are classified as so-called candidate substances under REACH, then they are subject to specific obligations relating to the provision of information and authorization requirements.

The REACH Regulation is also important beyond the borders of the EU, since many countries use it as a basis for their own chemicals legislation. That applies to European countries like Serbia, Macedonia or Montenegro. However, countries like Turkey, South Korea and China have also implemented, for instance, regulations similar to REACH. Canada and the United States also have extensive chemicals legislation (Toxic Substances Control Act/TSCA). California, in particular, has its Proposition 65.

Manufacturers and downstream users are subject to the following obligations under the relevant chemicals regulations: Registration of chemicals, substance restrictions for specific applications or products, obligations to inform and notify as well as labelling requirements.

The Globally Harmonized System (GHS) was implemented in the EU with the CLP Regulation 1272/2008/EC (Classification, Labelling and Packaging of Chemicals) at almost the same time as REACH. GHS and the CLP Regulation call for the classification and labelling of substances. Many countries around the world have adopted legislation in this regard.