REACH was published in 2007. REACH is the Regulation of the European Union for Registration, Evaluation, and Authorization of Chemicals.
The key objective of REACH is to regulate the production, distribution and use of chemicals in the European market. Therefore, not only manufacturers but also distributors and downstream users fall within the scope of this Regulation. Since December 2008, all substances manufactured or imported into the EU in quantities above 1 tonne per year, must be registered in the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), which is responsible for implementing the EU's groundbreaking chemicals legislation, including REACH.
Subject to this Regulation, every manufacturer of chemicals is required to carry out the certification of its chemical products to demonstrate their safety. Excluded from that requirement are the following substances:
- substances beyond the scope of this Regulation;
- safety data sheets that do not require certification.
Hazardous substances that are not covered by this Regulation, but need to be certified should have a safety data sheet if they are:
- toxic, bioaccumulable, persistent substances;
- considered hazardous (fall under the relevant classification);
- included in the list of substances requiring special authorization.
Chemical Safety Data Sheets
Safety data sheets for chemical products shall include the following information:
- identification of the substance and of the manufacturer;
- hazards identification
- composition / information on ingredients;
- first aid measures: firefighting measures, accidental release measure;
- substance handling and storage;
- personal protection;
- substance stability and reactivity, physical and chemical properties;
- toxicological and ecological information;
- disposal aspects;
- transport rules;
- regulatory and information related to this chemical.
Chemical products are certified in accordance with certain rules. The certification procedure may be divided into the following steps:
- Determine the directive applicable to the product in question. This Regulation reflects all safety requirements.
- Carry out an audit taking into account regional (national) requirements for the equipment. This includes not only technical information but also special requirements for packing, marking and some other aspects.
- Evaluate technical documents, their completeness and content. This involves verifying information about materials used in the production, safety data sheets, safety instructions, instructions on the use and transport, etc.
- Carry out relevant laboratory testing, i.e. testing of chemicals to assess their conformity to all claimed characteristics and properties.
The last step is to draw up a laboratory test protocol, which includes final review of all documents and verification of the compliance with requirements. After all of the above steps have been completed, the chemical is considered to have been certified and the relevant certificate can be issued.
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