REACH is a new European Community Regulation on chemicals and their safe use (EC 1907/2006). It deals with the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemical substances. The new law came into force on 1 June 2007.
VEIDEC are well informed about REACH and CLP, whose most important aim is to improve protection of human health and our environment. VEIDEC’s customers do not have to take any action regarding our products – it is already provided for.

The aim of REACH is to improve the protection of human health and the environment through the better and earlier identification of the intrinsic 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 industries 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 chemical substances, which will allow their safe handling, and to register the information in a central database run by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) in Helsinki.
The Regulation also calls for the progressive substitution of the most dangerous chemicals when suitable alternatives have been identified.
One of the main reasons for developing and adopting the REACH Regulation was that a large number of substances have been manufactured and placed on the market in Europe for many years, sometimes in very high quantities, and yet there is insufficient information on the hazards that they pose to human health and the environment. There is a need to fill these information gaps to ensure that industry is able to assess hazards and risks of the substances, and to identify and implement the risk management measures to protect humans and the environment.

REACH provisions will be phased-in
CLP Regulation is the new European Regulation on Classification, Labelling and Packaging of chemical substances and preparations. The legislation introduces a new system for classifying and labelling chemicals, based on the United Nations’ Globally Harmonised System (UN GHS).
CLP is about the hazards of chemical substances and preparation and how to inform others about them. It is the task of the industry to establish what the hazards of substances and preparations are before these are placed on the market, and to classify them in line with the identified hazards. In case a substance or a preparation is hazardous, it has to be labelled so that workers and consumers know about its effects before they handle it.
There are certain timelines for industries to classify and label their substances and preparations in line with the CLP rules. Also, industries must report hazardous substances and preparations to a central inventory.