REACH Implementation | Position of the German Chemical Industry
With the entry into force of the chemicals regulation REACH, the European chemicals policy was restructured and harmonised in 2007. The complex requirements are to be implemented stepwise by 2020 and beyond. Building blocks of REACH are the registration, evaluation, authorisation and restriction of chemicals as well as the communication along the supply chain on the safe use of substances and mixtures.
Build-up work performed and important milestones of REACH achieved - Implementing REACH, the chemical companies did much build-up work in the initial two registration phases to end November 2010 and May 2013. They submitted their substance registrations in due course to the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA). From the start in June 2008 to mid-July 2017, ECHA received ca. 51,500 registration dossiers for roughly 11,200 substances. In many cases, German companies had a lead role.
3rd registration phase to 31 May 2018 - REACH still gives no pause to chemical companies. Now the companies are working on their registrations for the 3rd phase; by 31 May 2018 they need to register with ECHA the substances manufactured or imported in volumes from 1 to 100 tonnes per year. Frequently, these are cost-sensitive substances and specialty chemicals.
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