Introduction to the Regulation (EC) No. 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council of December 18, 2006 concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) used by ASEM S.r.l.
The new chemical regulation for the European Economic Area (EEA), named REACH, went into effect on June 1,2006. His aim is to cover almost all chemical substances used in selected products. This regulation covers and replace over 40 individual laws offering a unique text. The organization instituted to watch over REACH is the European Chemical Agency established in Helsinki, Finland.
The aim of REACH is to improve the protection of human health and the environment through the better and earlier identification of the intrinsic properties of chemical substances.
Every enterprise wanting to market chemical substances, mixtures or products containing the same in the EEA is required to follow the rules indicated in the REACH regulation.
The main legal obligation arising from this legislation are:
- Registration: Manufacturers and importers must register every chemical substance produced or imported into the EEA (amount exceeding 1 ton/year)
- Evaluation: Data concerning health or environment possible implications with the chemical substance must be collected and transmitted to the ECHA by manufacturer or importer.
- Information: If any product contains a substance of very high concern (SVHCs) in a concentration above 0.1 percent in terms of weight, specific information must be passed along the entire supply chain. The ECHA records data about each SVHCs.
- Authorization: Use of certain SVHCs must be authorized.
- Restriction: The REACH regulation also imposes restriction about trading and using certain hazardous substances.
The electronics and electrical engineering industries are obligated to comply with the registration and information requirements described above and to comply with all restrictions defined in REACH. The inclusion of substances in Annex XIV is of crucial importance to authorization.