A bird's eye view of the Reach regulation

What the rules requiring Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of CHemicals will mean in practice

The backbone of Reach will be a requirement for chemical manufacturers and importers to formally register all chemicals produced in volumes above one tonne, according to a staged timetable lasting 11 years.

Some of these substances will then be evaluated and if necessary subject to controls. The most hazardous will be authorised for market access only if industry convinces authorities that they can be used safely in particular applications.

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