EU Regulation of Chemicals: REACH

D.J. Knight 
Rapra technology  2006  

Softback  130  ISBN 9781859575161      £85.00
This is Rapra Review Report Vol. 16, No. 1, Report 181, 2006

Chemical control measures in the EU are soon to be dramatically revised, and this Rapra Review Report sets the scene by describing the key facts of the existing measures and the objectives of the future chemicals policy: REACH.

REACH - Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals - will place a duty on companies that manufacture, import and use chemicals in the EU to assess the risks arising from their use and manage any risks identified. With industry concerns about the cost of compliance in terms of testing, in-house management, and scientific and regulatory advice and consultancy, this Rapra Review Report presents the essential details of the objectives and timescales involved with the legislation.

The objective of the new legislation is to ensure a high level of protection for human health and the environment whilst maintaining an efficient internal market and innovation and competitiveness in the chemical industry. The author covers the main points, with abstracts from the Polymer Library identifying the sources for further reading on this subject.

This Rapra Review Report is essential reading for chemical and material manufacturers and suppliers. It describes clearly the forthcoming fundamental changes to chemical control in the EU.


  • 1 Introduction
  • Current EU Chemical Control Legislation for New and Existing Chemicals 2.1 Notification of New Chemical Substances 2.2 The Existing Chemicals Regulation
  • Classification and Hazard Communication for Dangerous Chemical Substances and Preparations in the EU 3.1 Classification and Labelling of Dangerous Substances 3.2 The Dangerous Preparations Directive 3.3 Safety Data Sheets 3.4 The Global Harmonised Scheme for Classification and Labelling of Chemicals
  • Objectives of the EU Strategy for a Future Chemicals Policy: REACH
  • Registration of Chemicals
  • Evaluation of Chemicals
  • Authorisation of Chemicals
  • Persistent, Bioaccumulative and Toxic and Very Persistent and Very Bioaccumulative Substances
  • The Requirement to Register and Special Cases
  • Standard Safety Data for Registration
  • Non-Standard Safety Data for Registration 11.1 Options to Adapt Standard Data 11.2 Existing Studies and Literature Data 11.3 Surrogate Data: Calculation, Read-Across and SAR/QSAR 11.4 Alternatives to Animal Studies 11.5 Data Waivers and Weight of Evidence
  • The Registration Dossier 12.1 Technical and Administrative Information for Registration 12.2 The IUCLID Electronic Format
  • The Chemical Safety Report
  • EU Risk Assessment 14.1 Framework for EU Risk Assessment 14.2 Human Health Risk Assessment 14.3 Environmental Risk Assessment
  • Confidentiality and Data Protection under REACH 15.1 Publication of Registration Data 15.2 Data Protection and the Substance Information Exchange Forum
  • Preparing for REACH 16.1 Status of REACH Legislation 16.2 Preparing for REACH
  • Conclusions
  • Acknowledgements

Additional References
Abbreviations and Acronyms
Subject Index
Company Index

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