The European Union's REACH Regulation
("Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and
Restriction of Chemicals"), which aims to promote the protection
of human health and the environment, came into force in June 2007.
Since 2007, manufacturers, importers
and downstream users of chemical substances have to register them under
REACH in order to be authorized to manufacture, import or circulate said chemical in the European Union.
REACH has the burden of proof that the substance can be
safely used by companies that produce or put into circulation chemicals.
This requires frequent communication in the supply chain and also with external companies
(for example, in the case of a joint submission).
Companies established outside the
European Union may, for the purposes of registration, appoint an only representative
to assume the duties and obligations associated with the registration. These only
representatives must have their seat in the EU and be able to prove that they have experience
in the handling of chemical substances as well as to possess and update information about these substances.