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REACH - Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation of Chemicals

REACH stands for the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation of Chemicals.The REACH Regulation regulates the manufacturing, placing on the market and handling of industrial chemicals. This new Chemical legislation entered into force on 1 June 2007 and applies throughout Europe; the Regulation concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) repealed the previous notification procedure for new substances under the Chemicals Act and the existing substances procedure under the EU Existing Substances Regulation. The focal points of the Regulation are a general obligation to register for all substances manufactured in the EU or imported into the EU with the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), the evaluation of these substances through the EU Member States and the further regulation of certain dangerous substances. These are either restricted to certain applications or subjected to a new European authorisation procedure.

The CLP-Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 on Classification, Labelling and Packaging of Substances and Mixtures entered into force on 20th January 2009. It is also called GHS-Regulation, named from the implementation of the Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals of the United Nations into EU-legislation. The regulation aims on a high level of protection for human health and the environment as well as on the free movement of chemical substances, mixtures and certain specific articles within the EU internal market.

The Biocidal Product Regulation (BPR, Regulation (EU) 528/2012) concerns the placing on the market and use of biocidal products. It is applied since 1st September 2013. It regulates the placing on the market of biocidal products and its active substances and replaces the Biocidal Products Directive 98/8/EC.

On 1st September 2013 a joint website of the national helpdesk went online for the three regulations REACH, CLP and BPR. The REACH-CLP-Biozid Helpdesk of the German Federal Authorities publishes information online under the link www.reach-clp-biozid-helpdesk.de.

The REACH-CLP-Biozid Helpdesk is the national helpdesk for manufacturers, importers and users of chemical substances and biocidal products. It is established at BAuA according to the provisions of Article 124 of the REACH-Regulation, Article 44 of the CLP-Regulation as well as Article 81 of the BPR.

Risk Communication

According to Article 123 of Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 (REACH) the Member States have the duty to inform the general public about the risks arising from substances where this is considered necessary for the protection of human health or the environment. Furthermore, the ECHA must, in consultation with the Competent Authorities, provide guidance for the communication of information on the risks and safe use of chemical substances on their own, in preparations or in articles.

Article 5 of the Chemicals Act (ChemG) provides that in Germany this task is carried out by the Federal Office for Chemicals with support from the competent Risk Assessment Units.