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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.
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.
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."
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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:
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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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CAPLINQ is your ally in navigating REACH. With blogs, forums and services, we can give a 100% guarantee to our customers that they are REACH compliant.
CAPLINQ has been a REACH Only Representative since 2008, the year REACH was introduced in Europe. As such, our experts have their fingers on the pulse of REACH regulation.
CAPLINQ hosts and maintain two primary sources of current news on REACH-related topics to help foreign and domestic suppliers stay current on REACH regulation activities.
CAPLINQ offers three main REACH services:
In CAPLINQ's REACH blog we discuss current event as they rekate to the REACH-regualtion? The category is designed to engage professionals that use or need REACH services or want to get informed on REACH-related issues.
The CAPLINQ REACH forum is moderated by CAPLINQ's REACH experts, but the topics, questions and answers are designed to be asked, answered and supported by anyone who is affected by the European REACH regulation.