European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) — how the EU regulates chemicals

 

SUMMARY OF:

Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 — concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) and establishing a European Chemicals Agency

WHAT IS THE AIM OF THE REGULATION?

The REACH (registration, evaluation, authorisation and restriction of chemicals) regulation provides a comprehensive legislative framework for chemicals manufacture and use in Europe. It shifts from public authorities to the industry the responsibility for ensuring that chemicals produced, imported, sold and used in the EU are safe. It also:

KEY POINTS

In 2013, the European Commission assessed the first 5 years of the REACH regulation and concluded no major overhaul was required before the 1 June 2018 deadline for registering certain substances.

FROM WHEN DOES THE REGULATION APPLY?

It has applied since 1 June 2007.

BACKGROUND

The chemicals industry is one of the EU’s largest manufacturing sectors. It plays a pivotal role in our daily lives and in the overall competitiveness of the economy. The EU has put in place legislation which enables the chemicals industry (also the broader manufacturing industry which uses chemicals) to develop and innovate, while at the same time ensuring its products are safe for people and the environment.

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MAIN DOCUMENT

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 (OJ L 136, 29.5.2007, pp. 3-280)

Successive amendments and changes to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 and its Annexes have been incorporated into the original text. This consolidated version is of documentary value only.

RELATED DOCUMENTS

Commission Regulation (EC) No 771/2008 of 1 August 2008 laying down the rules of organisation and procedure of the Board of Appeal of the European Chemicals Agency (OJ L 206, 2.8.2008, pp. 5-13)

See consolidated version.

Commission Regulation (EC) No 440/2008 of 30 May 2008 laying down test methods pursuant to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) (OJ L 142, 31.5.2008, pp. 1-739)

See consolidated version.

Commission Regulation (EC) No 340/2008 of 16 April 2008 on the fees and charges payable to the European Chemicals Agency pursuant to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) (OJ L 107, 17.4.2008, pp. 6-25)

See consolidated version.

Commission Regulation (EC) No 1238/2007 of 23 October 2007 on laying down rules on the qualifications of the members of the Board of Appeal of the European Chemicals Agency (OJ L 280, 24.10.2007, p. 10)

last update 06.04.2018