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December 01, 2008

Were you ready for Europe's REACH directive?

Regulation (EC) No. 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council, of 18 December, 2006.

The Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and restriction of CHemicals (REACH) is a remarkably comprehensive European Union chemical and environmental regulation. It requires all companies manufacturing or importing everyday chemicals into the European Union in quantities of "one tonne" or more per year to register these substances with a new European Chemicals Agency in Helsinki, Finland. Potential registrants (i.e. manufacturers and importers of chemical substances) must pre-register these substances by today, December 1, 2008, in order to benefit from postponed ‘phase in’ deadlines. REACH is 849 pages long, took 7 years to pass, and has been described as the most complex legislation in the European Union’s history.

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The European Chemicals Agency.

Posted by JD Hull at December 1, 2008 11:59 PM

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