May 25, 2010

Update on REACH

It's been awhile since I wrote anything about the European chemical legislation REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemical substances). Under Reach regulations, substances that are manufactured or imported into the EU in quantities of more than 1,000 tonnes/year and hazardous substances must be registered up to the November 30 2010 deadline.

My colleague Anna Jagger recently had an interview with Geert Dancet, executive director of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), which supervises REACH. According to Dancet, companies currently have four months to add information to incomplete registration dossiers but ECHA could extend this to six months from 1 October 2010.

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