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Guidance for the Implementation of REACH

REACH is the system for Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals under the European Community Regulation (EC1907/2006) on chemicals and their safe use. In force from 1st June 2007, the regulation places greater responsibility on industry to manage the risks that chemicals may pose to both human health and to the environment.

The aims of REACH are:-

  • 1.To provide a high level of protection of human health and the environment from the use of chemicals;
  • 2.To make the people who place chemicals on the market (manufacturers and importers) to be responsible for understanding and managing the risks associated with their use;
  • 3.To allow the free movement of substances within the EU market;
  • 4.To enhance innovation in, and the competitiveness of, the EU chemicals industry;
  • 5.To promote the use of alternative methods for the assessment of the hazardous properties of substances, i.e. QSAR and read across from similar tests for similar substances, in order to reduce the volume of animal testing;
  • 6. To substitute progressively the most dangerous chemicals when suitable alternatives have been identified.

In the UK, it is necessary for each set of substances, relevant guidance and safety information be produced in the format agreed with the Environment Agency (EA). Atkins has been involved with the writing of such guidance and the EA now uses this to assist organisations in implementing the requirements of this new legislation.

The guidance Atkins has produced allows the EA to identify relevant manufacturers and users, importers and the types of products, which contain the above substances. In addition, the guidance includes information relevant to inspectors seeking to obtain information regarding the efficiency of manufacturing processes and procedures for confirming compliance with the legislation. The guide also gives current users of these materials an indication of best practice, procedures for identifying alternatives and definitions regarding closed systems.

Atkins has extensive experience in helping organisations fully understand and comply with this new piece of legislation, providing specialist advice and experience for any requirement.

Jon Brooking
Principal Environmental Consultant, Atkins

For further information please email Atkins

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