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REACH: New Community Legal Framework for Chemicals

October 2007 - Projects, Energy & Natural Resources . Legal Developments by Ambruz & Dark.

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On 1 June 2007, Regulation (EC) No. 1907/2006 concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) took effect. The REACH Regulation gradually replaces several existing Community directives and regulations on chemicals and sets a comprehensive Community legal framework for use of chemicals. By strengthening the reporting and evaluation obligations of producers, importers and downstream users, and by setting new mechanisms for enforcing their compliance, the REACH Regulation mainly aims to improve protection of human health and the environment from thousands of chemical substances used by the industry, and to improve the way the internal market functions.