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Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH)

Definition - What does Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) mean?

The Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) regulation is a regulation of the European Union. It is designed to improve health protection and environmental damage resulting from chemicals. It is also geared towards making the European Union more competitive in terms of the chemical industry. REACH promotes alternatives to animal testing to determine the hazard assessment of substances. REACH came into effect of 1 June, 2007. It establishes procedures for the collection and assessment of information relating to chemical properties and hazards.

Safeopedia explains Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH)

REACH requires companies to identify and manage the risks associated with a chemical substance that is manufactured and marketed in the European Union. They need to demonstrate how the chemical can be used safely, and they need to clearly communicate the safety risks involved to the end user. The regulation applies to all chemicals that are used in any products, including cleaning products, paints, clothes, furniture and electrical appliances. As a result, the regulation impacts upon most companies across the EU.

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