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An introduction to REACH

The REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and restriction of Chemicals) Directive was introduced in 2007 to control the use of chemicals in the European Union. It applies to any chemical manufactured in, or imported into, the EU as a substance on its own, in a mixture of substances, or produced as a by-product of its processes, in quantities of one tonne or more per year.

In addition, since 2008, it has been a requirement of REACH that these chemicals must be registered with the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA).

This Directive’s aim is to reduce the use of, and the risk of, chemicals which are proven to be a hazard to human health and the environment.


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