The REACH regulation (EG) 1907/2006] is the European chemical regulation for the registration, evaluation, approval and restriction of chemical substances.
REACH – What is it?
REACH has been in force since 2007 and aims to ensure a high level of protection of human health and the environment. At the same time, it should ensure the free movement of chemicals within the internal market and promote competitiveness and innovation. REACH is based on the principle that manufacturers, importers and downstream users take responsibility for their chemicals. They must ensure that the chemicals they manufacture and place on the market are used safely. The abbreviation “REACH” is derived from the English title of the Regulation: Regulation concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals.
REACH builds on the experience of the previous chemicals legislation. According to the old law, the authorities had to check the safety of chemicals. For most chemicals, namely those that were on the European market before 1981, no systematically collected information was available. Manufacturers were not obliged to provide missing information until a substance evaluation by the authorities revealed information gaps or indications of a risk to the environment or health. The procedure turned out to be slow and cumbersome. REACH is intended to remedy this situation. Manufacturers and importers of chemicals must now submit data with the obligatory registration and assess the risks posed by the substances themselves. The rule is: “no data – no market”. This means that chemicals may not be placed on the market without registration. The role of public authorities is to support stakeholders, to review registrations and to regulate substances of very high concern or substances that pose a risk to humans or the environment. REACH has also addressed other problems. There is now a right for consumers to receive information on chemicals in products. The transfer of data within the supply chain is regulated and substitution of substances of very high concern is encouraged. The authorisation procedure creates another possibility to regulate chemicals.
At Filtration Group we also deal with this topic. Since it cannot be completely avoided that our products contain substances which are declared as hazardous substances in the REACH regulation, we offer our customers the opportunity to inform themselves about the ingredients of the products purchased from us. We are working on a database that will show you at a glance which substance concentrations are contained in your product. In the meantime, you can contact us at any time via our contact form if you have an enquiry about the ingredients of your products.