Failure to register under REACH closes EU markets for thousands of chemical substances manufactured or marketed in the European Union, whether on their own, in preparations (formulations) or released from articles (finished products). A key policy objective of registration under REACH (EC Regulation 1907/2006 on Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals) — to shift the burden of proving the safety of chemicals to the private sector — is officially underway.
EU Member States are in the process of issuing national rules on sanctions (from fines and market withdrawal to criminal penalties) for non-compliance with REACH. Equally, customers are demanding proof of REACH compliance. Companies that did not preregister (see box) are legally bound to suspend sales and manufacturing in the EU and immediately prepare for submission of a registration dossier.
Pre-registration, which closed on December 1, 2008, was the essential first step in order for potential registrants of certain ”phase-in“ substances (mainly substances listed in the European Inventory of Existing Commercial Chemical Substances; EINECS) to benefit from extended registration deadlines. These deadlines…