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Who does REACH regulation concern? Does your company need to be REACH compliant?

REACH, which stands for Reg­u­la­tion, Eval­u­a­tion, Autho­riza­tion, and Restric­tions of Chem­i­cals is a reg­u­la­tion imposed by the Euro­pean Union. The reg­u­la­tion was imposed to stream­line and improve the leg­isla­tive frame­work of the EU deal­ing with chem­i­cals.

REACH reg­u­la­tions aims at pro­tect­ing human health and envi­ron­ment of coun­tries in EU from the risks of chem­i­cals. As such, all the prod­ucts pro­duced in or import­ed into the EU and mem­ber coun­tries, falling under the scope of REACH must com­ply with the reg­u­la­tion.

If you are a non-EU busi­ness own­er look­ing to expand your activ­i­ties in the Euro­pean Union, this post will help you under­stand the REACH reg­u­la­tions in a much bet­ter way.

Who does REACH regulation apply to?

REACH impacts a wide range of com­pa­nies work­ing across var­i­ous sec­tors. This includes orga­ni­za­tions that pro­duce, use, import or sim­ply place a sub­stance, mix­ture or fin­ished prod­uct in the mar­kets of EU. The leg­is­la­tion con­cerns the fol­low­ing:

Any orga­ni­za­tion pro­duc­ing, import­ing, using or plac­ing a sub­stance, mix­ture or arti­cle on the EU mar­ket will be respon­si­ble for ensur­ing that it com­plies with REACH reg­u­la­tions. The leg­is­la­tion cov­ers EU man­u­fac­tur­ers, includ­ing chem­i­cal sup­pli­ers, dis­trib­u­tors, and down­stream users, as well as any EU com­pa­nies import­ing prod­ucts to the EU mar­ket.

Man­u­fac­tur­er: A com­pa­ny that pro­duces chem­i­cals for self-use or even to sup­ply to oth­ers, includ­ing exports, comes under the scope of REACH and must com­ply with the reg­u­la­tions. Chem­i­cal sup­pli­ers are also respon­si­ble for com­ply­ing with REACH leg­is­la­tion.

Importer: A com­pa­ny pur­chas­ing indi­vid­ual chem­i­cals, mix­tures for onward sales or fin­ished prod­ucts that use cer­tain chem­i­cals in the man­u­fac­tur­ing also has REACH respon­si­bil­i­ties.

Down­stream users: Even if a com­pa­ny isn’t direct­ly involved in deal­ing with chem­i­cals and sub­stances, might have some respon­si­bil­i­ties under REACH. Down­stream users also need to check their oblig­a­tions towards REACH if they are han­dling chem­i­cals or sub­stances even in the form of fin­ished prod­ucts like plas­tic goods, clothes of fur­ni­ture, etc.

Com­pa­nies export­ing to the EU: The REACH reg­u­la­tions don’t direct­ly impact the non-EU com­pa­nies that export chem­i­cal prod­ucts into the cus­toms ter­ri­to­ry of Euro­pean Union. This is because the respon­si­bil­i­ty of ful­fill­ing REACH oblig­a­tions is with the importers based in the EU. How­ev­er, the exporters who wish to con­duct trade smooth­ly with their EU part­ners must help them com­ply with reg­u­la­tions by appoint­ing a REACH ONLY rep­re­sen­ta­tive.

SCOPE of REACH Regulations

REACH basi­cal­ly applies to chem­i­cals in any kind of prod­uct, which is cov­ered under REACH as “arti­cles.” The only exemp­tions under the REACH are for the chem­i­cals used in man­u­fac­tur­ing food, defense, med­ical or vet­eri­nary prod­ucts.

There­fore, if your orga­ni­za­tion is deal­ing with chem­i­cals or sub­stances, in any form that is cov­ered under REACH as “arti­cles” you will be required to com­ply with the reg­u­la­tions.
Do you still have queries and appre­hen­sions regard­ing REACH reg­u­la­tions? Please vis­it https://www.caplinq.com/ or con­tact us direct­ly for our REACH ser­vices and you will be pro­vid­ed the nec­es­sary assis­tance.

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