REACH in Europe

The EU chemical management program REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals) – also called EU REACH – requires industry to manage the risks from chemicals by providing information on their properties and registering that data with the ECHA (European Chemical Agency). REACH has been adopted by all EU member states as well as the European Economic Area (EEA) countries of Norway, Iceland, and Lichtenstein.

A key aspect of EU REACH which distinguishes it from the UN Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of classification and labeling is the use of exposure scenarios.

REACH harmonizes and streamlines previous EU legislation on chemicals. It is a single system for new and existing chemicals, manufactured in or imported into the European Union. Historical chemical legislation such as restrictions on dangerous substances and safety data sheet requirements are now incorporated into REACH.