What is REACH?
REACH is a new European Union (EU) regulation on registration, evaluation, authorisation and restriction of chemicals. This regulation came into force on 1 June 2007 and its effects are only gradually being felt now. With the assistance of REACH, the EU aims to simplify and improve legislation on chemicals. The EU wants to protect health and the environment from any risks associated with chemicals, encourage alternative testing methods, the free movement of chemicals in the single European market, as well as strengthen competition and innovativeness in the Union.
What does REACH mean for industry?
REACH holds companies responsible for analysing and restricting possible risks from chemicals and giving users (in other words our customers) proper safety information. By 31 December 2008 at the latest, substances may no longer be used that have not been registered beforehand.
REACH is on the way – and what's Forbo Siegling doing?
The pre-registration period starts on 1 June and lasts till 1 December 2008. From this point onwards, no materials may be circulated by industry that have not been pre-registered. Currently we are checking what raw materials and chemicals are subject to the regulations and which of them we will have to be pre-registered at the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) in Helsinki, or have to be registered from 1 January 2009 and subsequently. Forbo Siegling's safety data sheets have been REACH-compliant since 1 June 2008.
What does REACH mean for our customers?
At the moment we do not see any restrictions in our product range as a result of the REACH regulation. Should we not be able to pre-register a raw material or product, we will of course inform you in time.
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