Registration, Evaluation and Authorization of Chemicals (REACH)
European Union REACH Brown Bag
A link to the updated presentation and report are provided below.
What is REACH?
The European Commission proposed a European Union regulatory framework for the Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals (REACH) on October 29, 2003 (COM(03) 644 (01)). REACH will require manufacturers and importers to gather information on the properties of their substances and register the information in a central database. The European Union will establish European Chemicals Agency to manage the databases needed to implement REACH, to coordinate the evaluation of chemicals of concern, and to create a public database in which consumers and professionals can find hazard information. The European Parliament and Council of the European Union formally adopted the proposal on December 18, 2006. REACH will enter into force on June 1, 2007 and the European Chemicals Agency will be operational 12 months later.
European Commission REACH web sites:
Directorate-General for the Environment: Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals (REACH)
Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry: The New EU Chemicals Legislation – REACH
Secretariat-General of the European Commission: Monitoring the decision-making process in the Council and the Parliament
Government of Canada: Chemical Substances in Canada
CEFIC (European Chemical Industry Council): EU Chemicals Policy Review (REACH)
Investor Environmental Health Network: Fiduciary Guide to Toxic Chemical Risk
European Chemicals Bureau: Information on the interim strategy
Greenpeace European Unit: REACH – EU Chemicals Policy Reform
Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD): eChemportal The Global Portal to Information on Chemical Substances
U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform: The Chemical Industry, the Bush Administration, and European Efforts to Regulate Chemicals
World Wildlife Fund (WWF): What is REACH?