The European Regulation (EC) 1907/2006 concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) came into force in June 2007.

REACH establishes European-wide uniform legal standards and replaces the former evaluation of existing substances and the notification of new chemical substances. It has implications for producers, importers, formulators, distributors and users of chemicals as well as for those producing and/or importing products.

The aim of the new legislation is to improve the protection of human health and the environment by providing more in-depth knowledge of the chemical substances produced within or imported into the European Union by registering all core hazard data on substances. All actors in the supply chain of chemicals are involved in the REACH process.

For the communication with ECHA (European Chemical Agency for Chemical substances in Helsinki), a software tool (IUCLID5) is available on the ECHA website. This software helps users determine what information is required per substance, use and tonnage band.

Scope of REACH

REACH applies to all chemical substances. The obligations within REACH are based on the tonnage imported or produced. For existing substances, the tonnage is also the key parameter indicating when a product must be REACH compliant. Several groups of substances are either outside the scope or exempted from certain aspects of REACH:

  • Pharmaceutical products for human or veterinary use
  • Food or food additives
  • Animal nutrition
  • Substances listed in Annex IV (like Glucose, Water, etc.)
  • Substances fulfilling the criteria of Annex V (several natural substances, unintended reaction products, etc.)
  • Non-isolated intermediates
  • Radioactive Materials
  • Waste
  • Polymers

A complete list of all exempted substances can be found in Article 2 of the REACH regulation. Who does it affect?

Companies which produce, import, distribute or use substances or mixtures have responsibilities under REACH. You must determine which role or roles apply to your organisation. CALDIC must comply as an importer, distributor, downstream user and producer.

If you have any specific questions on the substances you buy from CALDIC, please contact your local sales representative or mail us at:

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