European Directives
2006/1907/EC - Directive for the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and restriction of Chemical Substances (REACH)

The directive 2006/1907/EC, known as REACH, aims to ensure a high level of protection of human health and the environment as well as the free movement of substances, on their own, in preparations and in articles, while enhancing competitiveness and innovation. It should also promote the development of alternative methods for the assessment of hazards of substances.

The European Union is aiming to achieve that, by 2020, chemicals are produced and used in ways that lead to the minimisation of significant adverse effects on human health and the environment.

This regulation is based on the principle that industry should manufacture, import or use substances or place them on the market with such responsibility and care as may be required to ensure that, under reasonably foreseeable conditions, human health and the environment are not adversely affected. Responsibility for the management of the risks of substances should lie with the natural or legal persons that manufacture, import, place on the market or use these substances.

Therefore, the registration provisions should require manufacturers and importers to generate data on the substances they manufacture or import, to use these data to assess the risks related to these substances and to develop and recommend appropriate risk management measures. To ensure that they actually meet these obligations, as well as for transparency reasons, registration should require them to submit a dossier containing all this information to the European Chemicals Agency. Registered substances should be allowed to circulate on the internal market.

The restriction provisions of this regulation should allow the manufacturing, placing on the market and use of substances presenting risks that need to be addressed, to be made subject to total or partial bans or other restrictions, based on an assessment of those risks.

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2006/1907/EC (REACH)