The new European law on chemicals, REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals), entered into force on 1 June 2007.
The aim of REACH is to improve the protection of human health and the environment through the better and earlier identification of the properties of chemical
substances. At the same time, innovative capability and competitiveness of the EU chemicals industry should be enhanced. The benefits of the REACH system
will come gradually, as more and more substances are phased into REACH.
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, which will help them manage them safely, and to register the information
in a central database. The European Chemicals Agency will act as the central point in the REACH system: it will run the databases necessary to operate the system,
co-ordinate the in-depth evaluation of suspicious chemicals and run a public database in which consumers and professionals can find hazard information.
Web link: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/chemical ...