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REACH is the European Directive on Registration, Evaluation, and Authorization of Chemicals. The REACH system of regulations were adopted by the European Commission

There is a general obligation for manufacturers and importers of substances or products that might contain chemicals to submit a registration to the Agency for each substance manufactured or imported in quantities of 1 metric ton or above. Polymers are exempt but some monomers are required to be registered. Other chemicals used, such as coatings, paints, plasticizers, mold release agents, lubricants, ancillary chemicals (detergents, soaps, etc.) used with appliances or sold as part of a package with the appliance may need to be registered.

Registration documents the performance of this regulation and requires manufacturers and importers to submit:

A technical dossier, for substances in quantities of 1 Metric Ton or more, and

A chemical safety report, for substances in quantities of 10 Metric Tons or more.

Downstream users (DU) (including component and appliance manufacturers) need to apply appropriate risk assessments and communicate with their suppliers. The DU's will need to obtain Safety Data Sheets and ensure that the substance is being used in accordance with the Safety Data Sheet.

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) will manage this process, accept registrations, carry out dossier evaluations, and coordinate substance evaluations.

REACH will become effective July 1, 2008 in the EU with implementation coming by each member state.

Below are draft documents from the September 2008 5th Meeting of the REACH Competent Authorities:

Competent Authorities FAQs

Status of Review of Annexes

Update on Guidance Publication

EU Mission 100708

Status of RIP 3.6 Progress Report

Waste and Recovered Substances

Progress Reports on Operations

REACH Awareness Campaign Ireland

State of Pre-registering Substances without EINECS Number

Draft Letter

Draft Guidance on Articles

Draft Appendices for Articles

Presentations from AHAM - NEMA Seminar, October 18, 2007

REACH Agenda

Montfort REACH Coverage

Kirschner Articles

Matthews Impact

Bullock Substance

Mayhew Upstream

Kirschner Downstream

Montfort PreReg

Steinway Chemical


The following are documents related to REACH that we believe are important for AHAM members:

Amendments 052107 to Euro REACH

These amendments set forth the EU harmonized classification system and labeling requirements for 896 chemicals.

Amendments EU Harmonized Classification and Labeling

These amendments explain the chemical substances, the labeling requirements and concentration limits.

EU Amendments for Chemical Substances

These amendments set up the test methods for certain contact chemicals.

EU Amendments for Test Methods for Chemicals

This is a description of REACH from the U.S. Mission to the EU published, May 2007.

Description of REACH from the U.S. Mission to the EU (May 2007)

This is a brief description of REACH published by the EU in April 2007.

REACH in Brief, Published by EU (April 2007)

This is the final regulation on REACH published December 2006.

Final Regulation on REACH (December 2006)

Orgalime, the European Trade Association for the Electronics Industry has produced a Practical Guide for Downstream Users to REACH. Go to

To be able to download a copy for Free.