REACH

REACH is the Regulation on Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals. It entered into force on 1st June 2007. It streamlines and improves the former legislative framework on chemicals of the European Union (EU). It includes a phased approach to registration of chemical substances over the next 9 years, starting with the largest volume substances.

The main aims of REACH are to ensure a high level of protection of human health and the environment from the risks that can be posed by chemicals, the promotion of alternative test methods, the free circulation of substances on the internal market and enhancing competitiveness and innovation.

Only the manufacturers and importers of substances need to register and complete full-registration under the approved EU chemical policy. Regarding masterbatch and compound production, ADDCOMP is not acting as a substance manufacturer but as a producer of preparations, i.e. down-stream user.

As downstream user we are working with our raw materials suppliers to ensure continuity of supply of ADDCOMP masterbatches and compounds. We intend to support all current known uses of our products and will contact customers, if appropriate, should we require more information regarding product application and use.

Being part of a supply chain and on behalf of our customers, we already got in touch with our suppliers. All suppliers have confirmed that they have registered all REACH relevant substances manufactured or imported. This includes all monomers for the polymers and additives which ADDCOMP is using including raw materials used for the production of PRIEX®. Our PRIEX products are exempt from registration because these products fall under the definition of “polymers”.

REACH useful links

EuPC's REACH Club: The Club's aim is to bring together people with good knowledge of REACH and with responsibilities related to its implementation in their companies.

www.reachclub.eu

PEST - Plastics Exposure Team: This website will provide you with useful information about the identified uses in the Plastic Supply Chain.

pestpublic.plastics.net

European Chemical Agency (ECHA)

echa.europa.eu

CEFIC : European Chemical Industry Council

www.cefic.be

Further guidance:

guidance.echa.europa.eu

List of Substances of Very High Concern:

echa.europa.eu

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