The use of chemicals in the EU has previously been governed by 40 different directives or laws incorporated into the statute books of member states. The need for a single regulatory system has been apparent to relevant bodies for some time, and REACH (Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals) is the scheme that has been put forward. The legislation is set to have a significant impact on the global plastics and packaging supply chain.
This study provides the perfect overview for technical and marketing staff who need an understanding of what REACH is and how it impacts different companies.
Other areas covered include REACH registration requirements, exemptions and obligations as well as how data sharing could be utilised and what opt-outs are available. REACH's affect on international trading is also analysed.
Drivers behind REACH
European Chemical Agency (ECA)
Evaluation and authorisation
Imports and trade