A high level of protection for human health and the environment is the goal of both regulations (EC) 1907/2006 (REACH) and (EC) 1272/2008 (CLP). REACH stands for Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation, and Restriction of Chemicals; CLP stands for Classification, Labelling, and Packaging.
The REACH Regulation includes when and how manufacturers and importers are required to submit a registration dossier for their chemicals, thereby ensuring safe handling. The regulation also describes how to communicate hazardous substances and when authorisation and restriction are relevant for their use.
Safety data sheets (SDS) are required for hazardous substances and mixtures, and are also common for non-hazardous chemicals. Articles containing substances of very high concern require a separate communication.
In connection with the implementation of REACH the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) was established in Helsinki and has been in action since 2008. The role of the agency is to manage the REACH, CLP, PIC (Prior Informed Consent), and the Biocidal Products Regulations at the European level. ECHA checks the completeness and accuracy of registration dossiers under REACH. In the case of deficits, national enforcement authorities will be involved.
The REACH and CLP Regulations are complementary. The REACH Regulation prescribes which tests are to be carried out, whereas the CLP Regulation interprets the results, i.e. whether the substance meets the hazard characteristics and how hazardous it is. The criteria are based on the Globally Harmonised System of the United Nations. This is to ensure that the same results of standardised tests are interpreted in the same way. Worldwide. ⇒ Consulting & support