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The new EU chemicals legislation - REACH

On 29 October 2003, the European Commission adopted a proposal for a new EU regulatory framework for chemicals, COM (2003) 644.
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.

Background documentation:
Press Release IP/06/1799 of 13.12.2006
Press Memo of 13.12.2006
REACH in brief (revised 12.12.2006)
Presentation given by Commission (DGs Enterprise and Environment) at the WTO Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee on REACH on 4.11.2004
Official response of the EU to comments made by WTO members about REACH of 28.10.2004
Process description - REACH Proposal of 15.6.2004
Flow chart - REACH in detail of 4.4.2004
Memorandum 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 of 29.10.2003
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
(Source EU Press Release, European Commission Enterprise and Industry)

REACH implementation

According to the REACH legislation (CE 1907/2006) Albachem is ready to take the following actions:
- Pre-register all the products we foresee to import from outside EU in the next 5 years.
- Investigate the final use of all the products which we intend to import by a careful analisys with our customers.
- Monitor EU legislation developments and implement these regulation practices accordingly.
Please do not hesitate to contact our REACH supervisor Mrs. Elena Bresciani, who is at your disposal to answer any queries or requests related to these matters and looks forward to being of service to you.
Albachem's intention is to comply with REACH objectives and set standard in its policy and level of business growth.

European Chemicals Bureau
European Chemicals Agency
Istituto Superiore di Sanità

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