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REACH – What is it? Do I need to register?

Failure to register can hurt your business. REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Registration of Chemicals) is an EU Regulation that came into force on 1 June 2007 creating one single system for regulation of chemicals.

Under REACH a manufacturer or importer of a substance into the EU, in quantities of 1 tonne or more per year, must register their substance with ECHA.

REACH registration involves: the submission of toxicological and eco-toxicological information; risk assessment; decisions on how to manage identified risk; and proposals for classification and labelling. It is also likely to include CSR and guidance to safe use.

Only legal European entities can register. Non –EU companies must use an ‘Only Representative' if they register under their own name.

REACH applies in all the 27 EU member states plus the EEA (Iceland, Norway and Licthenstein). 

The deadline for registering depends upon the type and quantity of substance that needs to be registered.