EU regulatory framework for the Registration, Evaluation and Authorization
of Chemicals (REACH) was formally adopted on December 18, 2006 by the
Council of Environment Ministers. REACH entered into force on June 1,
The goal is to improve the protection of human health and the environment
through better and earlier identification of the properties of chemical
substances. The Regulation also calls for the progressive substitution of
the most dangerous chemicals when suitable alternatives have been identified.
The REACH Regulation gives greater responsibility to industry to manage
the risks from chemicals and to provide safety information on the substances.
Manufacturers and importers will be required to gather information on the
properties of their substances and to register the information in a central
Links for the most up to date information on REACH: