REACH legislative proposal
On 29 October 2003, the European Commission adopted a proposal for a new EU regulatory framework for chemicals, COM (2003) 644 (01) and COM (2003) 644 (02). Under the proposed new system called REACH (Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of CHemicals), enterprises that manufacture or import more than one tonne of a chemical substance per year would be required to register it in a central database.
The aims of the proposed new Regulation are to improve the protection of human health and the environment while maintaining the competitiveness and enhancing the innovative capability of the EU chemicals industry. REACH would furthermore give greater responsibility to industry to manage the risks from chemicals and to provide safety information on the substances. This information would be passed down the chain of production. The proposal has been drafted in close consultation with all interested parties, including an Internet consultation. This has allowed the Commission to propose a streamlined and cost-effective system. The proposal is now being considered by the European Parliament and the Council of the EU for adoption under the so-called co-decision procedure.
- Press Release IP/06/1799 of 13.12.2006
- REACH in brief (Feb 2007) [134 KB] (not updated)
- Presentation given by Commission (DGs Enterprise and Environment) at the WTO Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee on REACH on 4.11.2004 [60 KB]
- Official response [42 KB] of the EU to comments made by WTO members about REACH of 28.10.2004
- Process description [2 MB] - REACH Proposal of 15.6.2004 (not updated)
- Flow chart [84 KB] - REACH in detail of 4.4.2004 (not updated)
- Memorandum [27 KB] of Understanding on further work on the Impact Assessment of REACH of 3.3.2004
- Press Release IP/03/1477 of 29.10.2003
- Flow chart - REACH at a glance [14 KB] of 29.10.2003 (not updated)
- Speech by Erkki Liikanen, Commissioner for Enterprise, SPEECH/03/502 of 29.10.2003
- New Extended Impact Assessment ( EIA) of the REACH draft legislation
- Further background on the White Paper - Strategy for a future Chemicals Policy