REACH is the Regulation for Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals.

Under REACH all chemical substances other than polymers that are produced in quantities over 1 ton per year will need to be registered. Registration entails providing information on the properties of the chemical, which will be used for chemical safety assessments for each use for the chemical in question. Many of these requirements not only apply to substances, but also to preparations, such as adhesives.

By the second REACH deadline of 31 May 2013, nearly 35.000 registration dossiers have been successfully submitted. For the 2013 deadline 2.998 substances have now been registered, in addition to the substances registered by the 2010 deadline (4.300). The next registration deadline on 31 May 2018 is for substances marketed between 1 and 100 tonnes per year.

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