REACH is a new European Community Regulation on chemicals and their safe use (EC 1907/2006). It deals with the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemical substances. The new law entered into force on 1 June 2007.
The aim of REACH is to improve the protection of human health and the environment through the better and earlier identification of the intrinsic properties of chemical substances.
The REACH Regulation gives responsibility to industry to manage the risks from chemicals and to provide safety information on the substances. Manufacturers and importers are required to gather information on the properties of their chemical substances, which will allow their safe handling, and to register the information in a central database in Helsinki.
There is a general obligation for manufacturers and importers of substances to submit a registration for each substance manufactured or imported in quantities of 1 tonne or above per year. Deadline to pre-registration was 1 December 2008. If a company failed to register a substance it means that this company will be no longer allowed to manufacture or import this substance in the near future.
Pre-registrants of the same substance, gathering in a 'Substance Information Exchange Forum' (SIEFs), started to work together and to share existing test data as well as other information to facilitate preparation of each substance dossier.
Downstream users (DU) may be any industrial user of chemicals, whether formulators of preparations (e.g. paint producers) or users of chemicals, or producers of manufactured articles. DU are required to consider the safety of their uses of substances, based primarily on information from their suppliers, and to apply appropriate risk management measures. DU will need to communicate effectively with their suppliers, to get the information they need in the Safety Data Sheet (SDS) supplied to them. In particular they will have to check that their use(s) are “covered” by the SDS, i.e. that they use a substance within the conditions described in the exposure scenarios. There might be arguments on the definition of “substance” as opposed to that of “article” (which do not fit under REACH scope) in the case of granules, shots or grits. Each product that is currently or potentially sold by Pometon S.p.A. (and related branches) is considered “substance” and has been included in the pre-registration list already deposited. In particular Pometon considers “substance” all metal powders and all metal granules, shots and grits.
For any further information and indication of substances for which Pometon has pre-registered please use contact “REACH”; Pometon REACH workgroup will duly reply.