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REACH registration


What is REACH? 

REACH is the Regulation for Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals. It entered into force on 1st June 2007 to change the former legislative framework on chemicals of the European Union (EU). REACH places greater responsibility on industry to manage the risks that chemicals may pose to the health and the environment.
In principle REACH applies to all chemicals: not only chemicals used in industrial processes but also in our day-to-day life, for example in cleaning products, paints as well as in articles such as clothes, furniture and electrical appliances. 

Who will be affected? 

All actors in the chemical supply chain will be affected by REACH including manufacturers, importers, formulators, and downstream users. EU manufacturers and importers of chemical substances, preparations, or substances contained in articles intended for release, will have to Register those substances if the volume placed on the market exceeds 1 tonne per annum per Legal Entity.
Registration takes place during the next years, with the timing dependent on the volumes. Failure to Register at the due time means the substance can no longer be placed on the market at all; hence the phrase ‘No data, no market’.

Customers and users of chemicals are known as Downstream users (DU). They will be provided with Chemical Safety Reports (CSR) to enable them to handle the products they buy in a safe manner. However, in order to receive this CSR, the DU’s are obliged to inform their suppliers as to how the products are used. If the DU wishes to keep this information confidential, then they have to prepare their own CSR and send this to the European Chemicals Agency. Some companies will be both suppliers and Downstream Users and therefore will have the requirement to pass information up and down the supply chain.
Non-EU suppliers are not permitted to Register substances. They will only be able to export their chemical products if they have an EU-based importer or they appoint an ‘Only Representative’ in the EU to handle the Registration and volume tracking obligations. The EU based importers will be fully liable for compliance with the REACH regulations. Nevertheless, any substance imported into the EU at volumes less than 1 tonne per annum per Legal Entity do not have to be pre-registered or Registered and therefore do not fall within the scope of REACH.

Helping suppliers and customers 

We are committed to assisting our suppliers and customers with their obligations under REACH. Our businesses are communicating with suppliers and customers to better understand the overall impact. In particular, our businesses are working with customers to check that we understand the potential health and environmental exposures associated with the handling of our products throughout the value chain. 

We offer full registration services under REACH. 

This includes development of the technical dossier, Chemical Safety Assessment (CSA), exposure scenarios, PBT assessment and preparation of extended Safety Data Sheets. 

Our REACH services are delivered by a dedicated European based team, supported by a global network of experts in risk assessment, toxicology, eco-toxicology and testing. 

Let our experienced professionals take care of your REACH obligations, absorbing this peak demand for regulatory resource and expertise, allowing your people to focus on core business needs. 

Further information on REACH and the full REACH regulatory text are available from the European Chemical Agency. 


Technical assistance related to the scope of REACH and other relevant EU legislation to assess overlaps

ICB Quality provides a single-source solution for complying with the registration, testing, and documentation requirements of the European Union's complex REACH Regulation (Registration, Evaluation, and Authorization of Chemical Substances - EC1907/2006), working directly with the European Chemical Agency (ECHA) and individual EU governments. 

Steps to Success:

Strategic planning of registration projects

Substance identification and characterization

Data gap analysis

Data gathering and study monitoring

Facilitate “Letter of Access” negotiations with Lead Registrants and Consortia

Preparing relevant Chemical Safety Reports (CSR) that cover client’s use patterns

Build IUCLID Dataset

Prepare and submit registration dossier in REACH-IT

We support your brand protection and market share through Regulatory compliance.

REACH delivery tailored to your company’s requirements:

Strategic consultancy

Collecting relevant data in the public domain

Data evaluation and gathering (Klimisch criteria)

Identification of analogues/read across/ grouping

Intelligent test strategies/non-testing proposals

Exposure assessment /scenarios & PBTassessment

Preparation and submission of dossiers

CSA / CSR preparation

Dealing with authorization

Reviewing and revising classifi cation and labelling (EU CLP / UN GHS)

Education and training