More about REACH

More about REACH

REACH - Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and restriction of Chemicals 
 

The EU REACH Regulations – implemented in the UK via the REACH Enforcement Regulations 2008 – make industry responsible for assessing and managing the risks posed by chemicals, and for providing appropriate safety information to their users.

Ultimately REACH will streamline and improve the legislative framework on chemicals in the European Union, allowing free movement of substances on the EU market as well as the putting place additional measures for highly dangerous substances. 

1 June 2018 is the last of the phase-in deadlines for substance registration under REACH.

It affects companies manufacturing or importing substances in quantities greater than 1 tonne/year and is expected to throw up more challenges than the previous deadlines because of the sheer number of substances and companies involved.

REACH applies to substances manufactured or imported into the EU in quantities of 1 tonne or more per year. Generally, it applies to all individual chemical substances when:

  • on their own
  • in preparations - mixture or solution
  • as articles – produced objects where the shape, surface or design determines use to a greater extent than the chemical composition (if the substance is to be released during normal and reasonably foreseeable conditions of use).

BREXIT update: The glass sector must still comply with the REACH regulations. Any changes, following the leave vote, are likely to take around two years to implement – and even if the REACH regulations are replaced in UK law, companies trading with the EU will still need to be compliant.

How could REACH impact my work and business?

What’s needed to comply with REACH depends on where you sit in the supply chain – but almost every business in the UK will have a responsibility under it as a manufacturer/ importer, downstream user or other actor (such as distributors and suppliers of articles). Glass manufacturers need to inform suppliers of their specific use of substances (not already been registered), one year before the June 2018 registration deadline. The ongoing implantation of the REACH regulations could mean that manufacturers find substances they rely on may no longer be available if a supplier chooses not to register them or a substance/use comes under review. 

It’s possible that downstream users in the glass supply chain could experience:

  • disruptions in supply of materials if substances are withdrawn from the market by particular providers
  • production challenges if key substances are subject to a restriction
  • altered requirements for article-related disclosure to your customers, and reputational risks of non-compliance
  • fines or prosecution for failing to meet duties and responsibilities under the  REACH requirements.

 

 ** There is a REACH for glass workshop on 12 July 2016 - find out more. **

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