REACH is an EU regulation which completely restructures and rules the chemicals act within the EU. REACH came into force on 1st June 2007. A time frame of 11 years is provided for the implementation. Essential core elements of the new regulation are registration, evaluation, authorisation and restriction of chemical substances.
The most important element of the REACH regulation is registration. Since June 1st, 2008, substances as such and in mixtures produced in or imported into the European Union have to be registered. Registration is compulsory for manufacturers and importers of substances subject to registration in quantities of 1 tonne or more per year.
REACH offered the possibility to make use of transition periods for registration. Condition was a pre-registration of substances subject to registration from 1stJune until 1st December, 2008. Production and use of substances is permitted until 2010, 2013 or 2018. After pre-registration, the corresponding deadlines depend on the quantities produced or imported as well as on the hazard potential of the substances.
This responsibility applies to all sectors of the chemical industry. It thus also concerns lubricant producers. Furthermore it applies to all levels of the supply chain, i.e. it starts with the producer of the base materials, ranges via the formulator of a lubricant, and ends with the end user.
REACH thus intensifies the communication within the supply chain in an up to now unknown manner and thus creates transparency with regard to hazards and risks which might emanate from a substance or chemical product.
BECHEM has pre-registered all manufactured substances subject to registration in due time and is therefore entitled to make use of the corresponding transition periods.