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Protecting people and the environment

REACh is the pan-European legislation for the Registration, Evaluation and Authorization of Chemicals which came in to force on June 1 2007. Its aim is to protect people’s health and the environment through a risk assessment of chemicals produced in the European Community.

The REACh approach fits well with our Product Stewardship commitment and our support for the Responsible Care® and Coatings Care® initiatives.

What are the objectives and scope of REACh?

The objectives of REACh are to:

- Protect human health and the environment
- Maintain and enhance the competitiveness of the EU chemicals industry
- Prevent the fragmentation of the internal market
- Increase transparency
- Integrate with international efforts
- Promote non-animal testing
- Comply with EU international obligations under the WTO

By creating an EU-wide system for the management of chemicals REACh will bring together the EU chemicals legislation. REACh will no longer differentiate between so-called "existing" and "new" chemicals.

Under REACh, the burden of proof for demonstrating the safe use of chemicals will be transferred from Member State to industry.

Download our REACh confirmation: