REACH implementation post-May 2018

Work focuses are shifting – the workload remains high for authorities and companies!

The last transitional period for registrations of all phase-in substances in tonnage bands from 1 to 100 tonnes of manufactured/imported volumes per year ends on 31 May 2018. This will be an important milestone of REACH. The REACH work focuses are shifting, while the workload remains high for companies and public authorities. The VCI working groups in charge of this issue have analysed the REACH obligations and tasks of companies post May 2018. The resulting paper wants to support the businesses in their individual resource planning.

REACH: The worlload after May 2018 will remain high for companies and authorities. - Illustration: © VCI
REACH: The worlload after May 2018 will remain high for companies and authorities. - Illustration: © VCI

The European Chemicals Regulation REACH needs to be implemented stepwise by authorities and industry; it has no expiry date. The acronym REACH stands for “Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals”. The various elements of REACH have different target years, and the various REACH processes build on each other.

Evaluations refer to the registration dossiers and possibly to further substance data. Based on evaluated data, substances can be prioritised for further regulatory measures such as authorisation or restriction procedures. Certain substance data and safe use conditions for substances and mixtures are communicated along the supply chains.

REACH in a nutshell - Illustration:
REACH in a nutshell - Illustration: © VCI

Conclusion of VCI's analysis

The work focuses in REACH implementation are shifting away from registration to dossier updates, evaluation, authorisation/restriction and work on the extended safety data sheet (eSDS). The workload will remain high for companies and authorities.

Content of VCI's analysis

REACH duties and tasks of companies in the following areas:

  • General activities
  • Registration
  • Evaluation
  • Supply chain cmmunication / Safety data sheet
  • Authorisation and restriction
  • Review and further development of the REACH regulation

Annex: Overview of major REACH work focuses for companies post-2018

You will find the paper “REACH implementation post-May 2018: Work focuses are shifting – the workload remains high for authorities and companies!“ in the download section at the top of this page (so-called "Langfassung"; size: 5 pages).

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Contacts

Dr. Angelika Hanschmidt

E-Mail: hanschmidt@vci.de