Regulation (EC) No. 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the registration, evaluation, authorization and restriction of chemical substances (REACH) went into effect on June 1, 2007. The European CHemicals Agency (ECHA) based in Helsinki, Finland, was set up to implement and monitor the REACH compliance system.
Compared with EU Directive 2011/65/EU on the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS), REACH applies to a much wider scope of sectors of industry. The purpose of the regulation is to ensure a high level of protection for human health and for the environment and there are specific requirements according to whether manufacturers or importers deal with substances and mixtures or articles.
Under the REACH regulation, manufacturers and importers of substances and mixtures in the EU must obtain all the data needed to assess the substances and mixtures they produce or import. They must also demonstrate convincingly that their substances and mixtures are safe to handle for all identified uses and thus harmful effects on human health and the environment can be avoided. Registration is required for each substance produced or imported in quantities of one metric ton or more per year per manufacturer/importer.
Concerning articles, manufacturers of articles, in particular components manufacturers, are obliged to inform their customers in case a substance of very high concern (SVHC) is contained in a product with more than 0.1% w/w. The Candidate List of SVHC is regularly updated and published by the ECHA. It shall be noticed that the inclusion of a substance in the Candidate List of SVHC does not establish a prohibition on the use or the inclusion of that substance in an article.
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