REACH regulation requires registration of substances
The European Regulation REACH (Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals) came into force on July 1, 2007. It requires the registration of all substances placed on the European market, whether they are sold solely or as a part of a mixture. The outcome of a missing registration is clear: “No data – no market” says REACH article 5. Beyond that, REACH has several obligations for manufacturers and suppliers of articles (= products)
Around the same time, the Globally Harmonized System was implemented in the CLP Regulation (Classification, Labelling and Packaging of Chemicals). The classification of substances and their labelling as well as the packaging has to be checked and adapted.
REACH and other Chemical legislation are still not final. The European Union is steadily expanding the so called “Candidate list” and the Annex with substances subject to authorization. The European Chemicals Agency is still publishing new guidance documents whilst the already published ones were revised regularly.
Eventually, the European Union is not alone with the REACH regulation. Other countries are also changing and expanding their Chemicals Legislation. Therefore, K&L monitors the worldwide development of legislation. (see Legal monitoring)