No Data No Market – REACH erreicht jeden!

“REACH” ist ein Akronym und steht für Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals. Die auf diesen Namen getaufte Verordnung 1907/2006 stellt eines der ambitioniertesten gesetzgeberischen Vorhaben innerhalb der EU dar, das sich über den Zeitraum vom 1. Juni 2007 bis 1. Juni 2018 erstreckt und zu deren Umsetzung die European Chemical Agency, kurz ECHA, geschaffen wurde.

REACH verfolgt folgende Ziele:

  • Schutz der Gesundheit und der Umwelt vor Risiken, die von chemischen Stoffen ausgehen
  • Entwicklung alternativer Methoden zur Prüfung der Gefährlichkeit von Stoffen
  • Gewährleistung des freien Binnenverkehrs betroffener Produkte innerhalb der EU

Um dies zu gewährleisten werden Produkte in eine der folgenden Gruppen eingeteilt:

Chemical Element

Mixture: Mixing, Mixture, Solutions which consists out of more than two or more components.

article (object which during production is given a special shape, surface or design which determines its function to a greater degree than does its chemical composition)

 

All substances, which are produced within the EC in an amount >1t/a or imported to the EC have to be registered. NOTE: Substances are exempted as sufficient information about these substances exists that they are considered  to cause minimum risk (Annex IV). Also exempted are substances from sources of particular matter (e.g. LNG; Annex V), polymers (but monomers have to be registered) and substances which are regulated by other legislations (e.g. food, medicine).

 

To show the complex path of a part from production to supply to the consumer, every player in the supply chain gets one of the following roles:

  • manufacturer (production within the EC)
  • importer (imports into the EC)
  • downstream user (uses product for  production of his products)
  • distributor (also tradesman!; stores and place product on the market)

 

Every protagonist has to ensure the flow of information about the secure handling of a product at the joint to the following player.

To reach the targets protection of the human health and environment substances of very high concern (SVHC) are identified and listed in the so called candidate list. This schedule is constantly updated. Mentioned substances are not deleted from the candidate list and normally will be transferred to Annex XIV of substances subject to authorization.

And now it becomes interesting because there exist measures which can cause pressure sensitivity:

  • punishment of offence against the REACH-regulation (large monetary fines or imprisonment, dependent on the offence)
  • substances which are mentioned in the candidate list and used from an user more than 1t/a should be notified to the ECHA
  • for the first time the consumer has the right to be informed about SVHC´s in the article he bought. According to Article 33 (2) the consumer has to be informed within 45 days after request if a SVHC is contained in an article.

=> REACH is reaching everyone!