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As part of our commitment to continually improve our service and to help our clients meet their legal obligations, we continue to update the Legal Registers on our website and provide free quarterly legal compliance updates to anyone who subscribes. The purpose of these updates is to ensure you stay up to date with any changes in your legal compliance obligations, our updates can also be kept and can be used as evidence that your business is staying up to date with any changes in the legislation, this can be very helpful at audit time.
REACH is a regulation of the EU, adopted to improve the protection of human health and the environment from the risks that can be posed by chemicals, while enhancing the competitiveness of the EU chemicals industry. It also promotes alternative methods for the hazard assessment of substances in order to reduce the number of tests on animals.
In principle, REACH applies to all chemical substances. This not only includes chemicals used in industrial processes but also more common chemicals, such as cleaning products, paints and in some cases those found in electrical appliances, furniture and clothes. As a result, the regulation has an impact on the majority of companies across the EU.
The burden of proof is placed on companies to identify and manage the risks as the substances they manufacture and market in the EU. They must demonstrate to ECHA how the substance can be safely used, which must also be communicated to users.
If the risks cannot be managed, authorities can restrict the use of substances in different ways.
REACH submission records
REACH candidate list
Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2006 concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH), establishing a European Chemicals Agency, amending Directive 1999/45/EC 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 (Text with EEA relevance) (legislation.gov.uk)
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