On 1st June 2007 the Regulation 1907/2006, known as REACH (Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals) entered into force after being adopted in December 2006. The Regulation requires a very large number of chemical substances to be subject to a registration process which will extend over a period of 11 years. UEAPME was very much involved in all the legislative process leading to the approval of REACH at EU level considering its strong impacts on various categories of SMEs, such as manufacturers or importers of substances, downstream users and formulators.
On 1st June 2007 the new European Chemical Agency started being operational as well. The Agency manages a European central data base with all the registered chemical substances. The Chemical Agency also provides guidance, IT Tools for companies and a helpdesk, which will co-ordinate the national helpdesks set up by the Member States to support the correct implementation of REACH. ECHA offers guidance and user manuals in 22 EU languages to help companies at every stage of the REACH and CLP process. SMEs not familiar with REACH can use the multilingual navigator tool on the ECHA website. The CLP section has been fully translated. There is also a glossary containing key terms relating to classification and labelling in 22 languages.
On the ECHA website you can also find the details of national helpdesks which provide assistance and information on compliance with REACH and CLP in local languages. To find out more, please visit:
Click here to show/hide all UEAPME position papers, press releases and projects on REACH before its entry into force.
August 2006: UEAPME’s priorities for the second reading of REACH
August 2006: UEAPME’s amendments for the second reading of REACH
January 2005: UEAPME Position Paper on the REACH Regulation EP Hearing
February 2003: UEAPME’s Position Paper on the Commission’s Directive on VOC
15/09/2005: Chemicals law moving in the right direction
SHERPER Study: recommendation on how to establish REACH Helpdesks at national level
With a view to the approval of REACH at EU level, the EU Commission launched a study to understand how to set up REACH helpdesks at national level, aimed at supporting businesses and particularly SMEs in the implementation of REACH.
The consultant in charge of carrying out the so called SHERPER study was supported by a group of experts among whom Mr. Erwin Tomschik, from the Austrian Member of UEAPME (WKÖ). Please click here to see the report with the final recommendations.
SPORT, Strategic Partnership on REACH Testing
SPORT (the Strategic Partnership On Reach Testing) was a partnership between the European Commission, Member States and industry formed to jointly test out REACH legislation before it enters into force. In 8 sub-projects it simulated REACH pre-registration, registration and dossier evaluation of various chemicals and their downstream uses. The SPORT Steering Group consists of delegates from the European Commission, Member States and business organisations (Cefic, UEAPME, UNICE and DUCC). Read more »
UEAPME is represented in several bodies dealing with the implementation of REACH.
Committees on REACH set up by the European Chemical Agency in Helsinki:
Competent Authorities Meetings for the REACH and CLP Regulations (CARACAL) (DG ENTR – DG ENV): D.I. Dr. Marko Sušnik – WKÖ/AT
Directors’ Contact Group between Commission, ECHA and Industry Associations on Meeting the REACH Registration Deadline: Experts: DI Dr. Marko Sušnik, WKÖ/Austria - Sherpa: Guido Lena, UEAPME. This group gathers the main associations of registrants with the aim to identify and address the key concerns related to the registration deadlines for several chemical substances subject to REACH.
November 2016: UEAPME letter to EIF on REACH registration deadline
In 2009, after two years of implementation of the REACH Regulation, the pre-registration phase finished. UEAPME presented a summary of the main problems SMEs are confronted to when implementing this complex piece of legislation. This paper shows the major conclusions and identifies seven areas for action with a view to optimising implementation.