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In July 2007, the European Union’s REACH Regulation reformed chemicals legislation in Europe. This EC Regulation [REGULATION (EC) No. 1907/2006] governs the registration, evaluation, authorization, and restriction of chemicals. REACH affects all players in the supply chain – from manufacturers, processors, and dealers to end users of chemical substances. It applies to virtually all chemical substances (as such or in preparations), irrespective of whether they have hazardous properties or not. Articles are only affected by REACH if they release substances or contain substances causing particular concern.
Since the REACH Regulation came into effect, LANXESS has submitted approximately 1,000 substance dossiers to the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) in Helsinki in due time in three phases (2010, 2013, and 2018). All information about LANXESS substances required for registration was identified, and production and all applications were systematically evaluated.
Preparing the registration dossiers was an enormous undertaking, but it has also allowed us to achieve a great deal – we now know much more about the safe production and use of our products than we did ten years ago.
The registration of all LANXESS phase-in substances only represents one part of REACH, as REACH encompasses registration, evaluation, authorization, and restriction of chemicals. The topic remains important. Some dossiers need to be revised, and in the future new substances will always need to be registered prior to production or import. This applies to quantities of one or more metric tons per year and per legal entity of the Group.