REACH is a regulation of the European Union, adopted to improve the protection of human health and the environment from the risks that can be posed by chemicals while enhancing the competitiveness of the EU chemicals industry.
REACH stands for Regulation, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals. It is entered into force on 1st June 2007.
In principle, REACH applies to all chemical substances; not only those used in industrial processes but also in our day-to-day lives, for example in cleaning products, paints as well as in articles such as clothes, furniture and electrical appliances. Therefore, the regulation has an impact on most companies across the EU.
REACH establishes procedures for collecting and assessing information on the properties and hazards of substances.