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REACH (Registration, Evaluation and Authorization of Chemicals) is the name of the new European chemicals legislation. All chemical substances other than polymers that are produced in quantities over 1 ton per year will need to be registered. Registration entails providing information on the properties of the chemical, which will be used for chemical safety assessments for each use for the chemical in question. Many of these requirements not only apply to substances, but also to preparations, such as adhesives.


By the first REACH deadline of 1st December 2010, nearly 25.000 registration dossiers have been successfully submitted for 4,300 substances.

The next registration deadlines are:
• For substances marketed between 100 and 1000 tonnes per year: 31 May 2013;
• For substances marketed between 1 and 100 tonnes per year: 31 May 2018

More information on the final amount of registrations and the latest developments regarding REACH can be found in the Members’ Only Section. FINAT members are also given access to a roadmap for REACH to determine the impact of the legislation and steps to undertake for their company.

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