REACH - Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of CHemicals
The EU's Council of Ministers and European Parliament adopted REACH on 18th December 2006. It has since been subject to a number of subsequent amendments and adaptations to technical progress, see below.
The full title is "Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH), establishing a European Chemicals Agency, amending Directive 1999/45/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council and repealing Council Regulation (EEC) No 793/93 and Commission Regulation (EC) No 1488/94, as well as Council Directive 76/769/EEC and Commission Directives 91/155/EEC, 93/67/EEC, 93/105/EC and 2000/21/EC".
REACH came into effect on 1 June 2007 when certain requirements applied.
Registration provisions of REACH first applied from 1 June 2008, replacing the current Notification of New Substances (NONS) provisions of the DSD and the requirements of the Existing Substances Regulation (EC) No 793/93. Transitional arrangements for the registration of substances will end on 31st May 2018, whereafter all substances manufactured or imported into the EU/EEA in quantities of 1 tonner per year or more must be registered.
Restriction provisions of REACH, see Annex XVII, came into force from 1 June 2009, replacing the requirements of national legislation implementing the 76/769/EEC Restrictions on Marketing and Use Directive (RMUD), and are frequently updated. Details of all substances restricted under REACH can be found on the ECHA website.
REACH provisions, unlike Directives, have direct legal impact within the EC without the need for Member State (MS) implementing legislation; though MS will need to make some legislation to define the Competent Authority responsibility and the penalties for non-compliance, since enforcement is up to the MS.
The European CHemicals Agency (ECHA), set up by REACH, was established in Helsinki, Finland in June 2008.
For those new to REACH the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) website at www.hse.gov.uk/reach/index.htm provides a useful starting place with a number of useful guidance leaflets, and links to the more detailed guidance available.
Those seeking either a broader appreciation, or even specific further information on REACH may well find what they are looking for at echa.europa.eu/home.
REACH has been amended and adapted to technical progress many times. A list of amendments and the latest consolidated version of the regulation can be found on the ECHA website at: echa.europa.eu/web/guest/regulations/reach/legislation or on the DG GROWTH website at: ec.europa.eu/growth/sectors/chemicals/legislation/index_en.htm.
Further information and helpful materials on REACH is available to CHCS Members on the Members Only REACH page in this website.
In December 2008 Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures, amending and repealing Directives 67/548/EEC and 1999/45/EC, amending Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 was adopted.
This directly acting Regulation aligns previous EU Directive driven legislation on classification, labelling and packaging of chemicals to the Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS). Its main objectives are to facilitate international trade in chemicals whilst maintaining the previous level of protection of human health and environment. GHS is a United Nations system for the classification of hazardous chemicals, and communication to users of these hazards through standard pictograms and hazard statements and precautionary standards on labels and through safety data sheets (SDS).
CLP has been amended many times to adapt to technical progress. A list of amendments and the latest consolidated version of the regulation can be found on the ECHA website at: http://echa.europa.eu/web/guest/regulations/clp/legislation or on the DG GROWTH website at: http://ec.europa.eu/growth/sectors/chemicals/legislation/. Note: some, but not all, of these adaptations are known by a number reference (e.g. 10th ATP), but the official texts do not include any such reference.
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Eurotunnel publishes 2019 guidance
The Eurotunnel has published guidance for the transport of dangerous goods through the Eurotunnel. The guides have been updated in line with the 2019 regulations.
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25th CHCS AGM & 8th Annual Lectures
We are delighted to announce that we have a date and venue for our 25th AGM and 8th Annual Lectures:
Registration is now open - we will release an agenda and program for the Annual Lectures in due course.
For more details or to register, please visit our 25th CHCS AGM web page.
[Posted on 13 June 2019]
Autumn Training Schedule Now Published - Courses Available At "Early-Bird" Discount Rate
Full details of all our training courses taking place from now to end of December 2019, can be found on our Training page. All courses are priced at a discount rate of only £275 (+VAT) for each 1-day course (until 9 weeks before the course, when the price rises to £325 (+VAT)).
[Posted on 5 June 2019]
SCHC Fall 2019 Meeting: Registration Now Open
Our colleagues at the US-based Society for Chemical Hazard Communication have opened registration for one of their major events of the year, which includes a 2-day General Meeting, Professional Development Courses, Networking Events and an Exhibitor Event. This will take place in Arlington, VA, USA with events from 21 - 25 Sept 2019.
CHCS members can attend (or register for web-streaming) at SCHC member rates. For more information, please visit our SCHC web page.
CHCS April 2019 Newsletter now published Articles include: CHCS preparing training for REACH in case of No-Deal Brexit, Latest Brexit News on REACH, US statement to the WTO asking the EC to postpone the harmonised classifications of titanium dioxide and cobalt, New CHCS Training Modules: "Chemical Regulation, Asia-Pacific" and "COMAH / Seveso III".
CHCS Members can download the full Newsletter from the Member Only pages of this website. [Posted on 29 Apr 2019]
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26 July 2018 - CHCS Labelling Competition
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