A Guide to REACH: EU Chemicals Law

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    REACH is the acronym for the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals. It is an EU Regulation that came into force on 1 June 2007 and creates the new regime for the regulation of chemicals in the EU.

    The aim of REACH is to ensure chemicals are utilised in a way that minimises risks to human health and the wider environment. It is envisaged that this aim will be achieved by evaluating substances before they are approved for use, and shifting the burden of responsibility for evaluation onto the supply chain and away from public authorities.