REACH (Regulation, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals) is a regulation of the European Union designed with the goal of improving the protection of human health and the environment from risks posed by chemicals. Additionally, it aims to enhance the competitiveness of the EU chemicals industry and promote alternative methods for the hazard assessment of substances in order to reduce the number of tests on animals.
REACH can impact many companies all across the EU because it applies to all chemical substances, not only those used in industrial processes but also in our day-to-day lives.
To comply with regulations, companies have to identify and manage any risks linked to the substances they manufacture and market in the EU. Companies must be able to demonstrate to the European Chemicals Agency that their products can be safely used and any risk management measures must be properly communicated to the users. If this is not done satisfactorily, the use of the produced substances can be restricted.
In general, there are four roles under REACH.
Manufacturer: There are important responsibilities for any party creating chemicals for either use themselves or supply to other people
Importer: Buying anything from outside the EU/EEA means you are likely to have some responsibilities under REACH
Downstream users: If your company uses chemicals industrially or professionally, you need to check your obligations under REACH
Non-EU Companies: Companies established outside of the EU are not bound by the obligations of REACH even if they import their product into the EU customs territory. Instead, the responsibility lies with the importers.
Deenamic can help you navigate your obligations under REACH to ensure that your organization does as well as possible. Non-EU manufacturers can appoint us to represent them on the EU market. Due to Brexit, many UK companies will require this service to allow them to continue trading on the EU market.