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REACh – the chemicals legislation of the European Union

The abbreviation REACh stands for Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemical Substances. The “REACh Regulation” was published in the Official Journal of the European Union (EU) and entered into force on 1 June 2007. As a “Regulation (EC)” it applies directly in all Member States of the EU and there is no need for a transposition into national law.

The IKW/IHO Working Group “REACH” has drafted a text which includes a compact description of the most important basics of the new chemicals legislation of the European Union. The paper can be downloaded in German as a PDF file here.

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