REACH was adopted to enhance the competitiveness of the chemical industry in the EU while improving the protection of human health and the environment from risks associated with chemicals. REACH also focuses on reducing unnecessary animal testing by promoting alternative methods for determining substance hazards.
REACH applies to many chemical substances used in our day-to-day lives and in industrial processes. Companies must identify and manage the risks associated with the substances that they manufacture and market in the EU, illustrating to the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) how the substance can be used safely. The risk management measures required for safe use must be communicated to downstream users. Authorities can restrict the use of substances if risks cannot be managed.
REACH impacts a range of sectors. In general, companies fall into either manufacturer, importer or downstream user, all having different levels of responsibilities under REACH.
All companies manufacturing or placing a substance on the market in the EU in quantities greater than 1 tonne per annum are required to register that substance with the ECHA. A pre-registration system was implemented to allow for staggered registration deadlines. Registration has been phased since 2010, with the final deadline of 31st May 2018 for all substances between 1 and 100 tonnes.
We provide the following range of services to the chemicals sector:
- Only Representative service for clients based outside the EU – we support many clients with OR services, including some clients who are the lead registrant for their substance
- Assistance with data sharing negotiations, joint submissions options and SIEFs
- Preparation of IUCLID dossiers
- Preparation of chemical safety reports
- Preparation of chemical safety assessments including risk assessments (e.g. CHESAR) as required
- Communication with the ECHA and other registrants via REACH-IT for data access negotiations and data sharing
- SDS and extended SDS preparation (including exposure scenarios)
- Classification and labelling
If you require assistance with your REACH obligations, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact our team on +353 1 849 5284.