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REACH, the new Regulation of the European Parliament and Council comprising a single consolidated standard, which was enforced on January 1, 2007, replacing much of the existing EU legislation on the issue of chemical substances, and introducing a combined system for their registration, evaluation, authorisation and limitation.
REACH is the acronym of Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation of Chemicals.
The Regulation envisages the registration of all substances produced or imported into the EU in quantities equal to or exceeding one tonne per year. The registration of substances makes it compulsory for manufacturers and importers of substances and preparations (mixtures of two or more substances) to submit a series of basic information regarding the characteristics of the substances.