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.