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REACH pre-registration deadline expires soon


Legislation for enforcing REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals) has now been laid before Parliament and will come into force when the pre-registration period ends on 1 December 2008.

REACH requires manufacturers and importers of all chemicals on the EU market in quantities of one tonne per year or more to be registered, and to provide a set of information about the substance.

The main aim of REACH is to improve the protection of human health and the environment through better and earlier identification of the intrinsic properties of chemicals.  It will make those who place chemicals on the market responsible for providing this information and passing it down the supply chain, so that the risks associated with their use are managed properly.  It will also enhance innovation in, and the competitiveness of, European industry through the removal of particularly hazardous substances and the need to replace them with safer alternatives.

Preregistration ends December 1:
The UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) said businesses that pre-registering chemicals they manufactured or imported would be allowed to take advantage of the phased registration deadlines in REACH, meaning they may not have to register "in full" until June 2018. Pre-registration also would offer a chance to reduce registration costs.

It added that firms which failed to pre-register by 1 December could be forced to stop importing or manufacturing until they had completed full registrations for any of the chemicals concerned.

UK Environment Minister Huw Irranca-Davies said: “REACH is a welcome change in the way chemicals are controlled and how their use is managed throughout the EU. 

“Businesses must find out now whether REACH will affect them, as there are only three weeks left before the end of the pre-registration period and the start of enforcement.

“Even if you don’t think REACH applies to your business, check to make sure of that – many businesses rely on chemicals without realising it, and missing the pre-registration deadline of 1 December will not help your businesses meet legal requirements.”

Source: DEFRA

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