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REACH 2012 Review

March 23rd, 2013

Part of the REACH legislation is that its guidelines are reviewed as the programme progresses. This means that the legislation can be changed to respond to scientific advances.

In 2012 two important aspects reviewed were the Registration requirements for low tonnage substances (manufactured or imported at 1-10 tonnes per annum), and the issue of whether REACH should be extended to cover polymers. The review, published in 2013, concluded that there is not enough information to make a decision on these points at this stage, and this will be made by 1st January 2015.

Possible changes to Registration of low tonnage substances are increased information requirements, to include some Annex VIII endpoints in addition to Annex VII, and addition of a Chemical Safety Assessment and Chemical Safety Report.
The report summarising the findings of the review process is available in PDF format here.

In addition to the provisions discussed above, the report also discusses:

  • overlap between REACH and other legislation, and has identified changes that would improve consistency and increase coordination.
  • impact and effectiveness of REACH so far
  • the role of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA)
  • steps in the identification of substances of very high concern
  • reducing the impact of REACH for SMEs

For more information on the review process, and access to reports, see these pages on the EC website.