European REACH Regulation (EC1907/2006) Overview
The European REACH regulation was introduced to gain an understanding of the chemical substances being used in Europe
As on other continents around the world, thousands of tons of chemical substances are used in Europe every year. Without knowing the types and chemicals being used present untold risks to both the manufacturing companies that work with them and the end users whose products are made with them.
Do chemical substances present a risk?
The goal of the European REACH regulation is to understand the types, quantities and types of risk that these chemical substances present. By understanding these elements, guidelines can be put into place to educate manufacturers and their employees on the chemical substances being used in their processes.
If chemical substances present a risk, then REACH aims to restrict these substances and encourage manufacturers to use other chemical substances. If these chemical substances must be used, then proper handling guidelines can be established to minimize these risks.
What types of risks do these substances present?
REACH uses a substances of very high concern (SVHC) List which lists the chemical substances that have been been shown to be carcinogenic, mutagenic, toxic for reproduction, persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic or there is "scientific evidence of probable serious effects to human health or the environment which give rise to an equivalent level of concern."
REACH Regulation Timeline
The ECHA recognize that completely understanding the types and quantities of chemical substances into Europe is an enormous undertaking. As is common with such undertakings, the final goal was broken into more manageable deadlines, aiming to understand the largest volume and most critical substances first. An important driver of the deadlines are the volumes of the substances involved. Knowing that new substances will likely begin with lower annual volumes, the first target is the high volume of existing substances.
Below is the timeline that the ECHA has defined for the deadline of specific actions:
- 1 June 2007
REACH regulation came in to force in Europe
- 1 June 2008
Pre-registration starts for existing substances. These substances are also called "Phase-in" substances.
Registration starts for new substances. These are also called "Non Phase-in" substances.
- 30 November 2008
Pre-registration ends for existing (phase-in) substances
- 1 December 2008
Registration starts for existing substances. This excludes substances that have already been pre-registered.
- 1 January 2009
List of pre-registered substances was published.The Substance Information Exchange Fora (SIEF) was formed.
- 1 December 2010: Phase 1 - The first deadline
This is the date by which the following pre-registered 'phase-in' substances should have been registered when supplied at:
● more than 1000 tonnes per annum (tpa) or;
● more than 100 tonnes per annum and classified under CHIP as very toxic to aquatic organisms or;
● more than 1 ton per annum and classified under CHIP as Cat 1 or 2 carcinogens, mutagens or reproductive toxicants
- 1 June 2013: Phase 2 - The second deadline
This is the date for registration of substances supplied at more than 100 tonnes per annum
- 1 June 2018: Phase 3 - The third deadline
This is the date for registration of substances supplied at more than 1 ton per annum
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REACH Regulation Glossary of Terms
ECHA uses a specific jargon when discussing REACH-related topics. Our glossary of terms will help you understanding these terms and how they apply to you.
REACH is a complex topic and ECHA uses a specific glossary of terms that is useful to learn when navigating REACH. CAPLINQ compiles the latest glossary of REACH-related terms and tries to put them into a perspective that foreign suppliers will understand.
The most important for those just beginning with REACH is to understand if the products they make are considered "chemical substances" by REACH definitions. However, there are many more definitions including REACH-compliance, downstream user and others that are important for foreign suppliers to understand.
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