EU’s chemicals regulation enters into force on 1 June

The regulation on the registration, evaluation and authorisation of chemicals, known as REACH, was proposed in 2003 in response to health and environmental fears about old chemicals laws.
It won approval last December, after three years of disagreements over the cost and practicalities of reforming a multi-billion euro industry sector.
The June deadline is unlikely to cause any overnight changes, but it will ultimately lead to 30,000 chemicals being assessed for safety and use over the next ten years.

Business is also gearing up to deal with the new rules. Engineering industry association Orgalime in May published ‘REACH in a nutshell’ – a 37-page overview of the legislation for the producers, importers and users of chemicals.

See the European Voice News article.

30 May, 2007
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