In order to protect human health and the environment from the effects of dangerous substances, the REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of chemical products) Regulation of the European Union (1907/2006/EC) provides that importers and manufacturers of these materials need to meet several risk management requirements before their products may enter the Single European Market. Besides the importation of chemical products proper, the REACH requirements may also apply to imports of any and all products that contain these substances. However, some materials, such as most polymers, are excluded.
REACH requires manufactures and importers to asses the risks their products may impose on human health and/or the environment and to register the information with the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), if they import more than a ton of the respective substance/s per year. The ECHA may then further investigate and evaluate the imported material. Furthermore, importers and manufacturers need to provide sufficient information on the safe handling of dangerous substances along their entire supply chains by labeling their products and providing appropriate safety data sheets. Especially strict requirements apply to substances of very high concern, which may only enter the Single European Market by special authorization.
For a description of the specific requirements that apply to your product, please refer to our page/s on the relevant business sector/s. Comprehensive information on REACH, the substances and the applicable rules and procedures is available on ECHA's online REACH navigator, which is available in all 22 official EU languages.