The objective of REACH is to:
To Ensure a high-level protection of human health and the environment
To Enhancing the innovation of green chemicals.
To increase competitiveness of Eu chemical industries
To prevent fragmentation of internal marketing.
To increase transparency.
To achieve integration with global effort.
To promote non animal testing.
It is estimated that around 30,000 substances are required for registration.The larger the quantity produced or imported, the more properties have to be evaluated. The registration period lasts for 11 years, registrants for phase-in substances may have a longer preparation time depends ontonnage and toxicity of the chemicals, and provided that pre-registration ismade between June 1, 2008 and December 1, 2008. Registrants for non phase-in substances are required to register their substances in June 2008onwards.
will evaluate at least 5% of the submitted registration dossiers andselect some high-risk substances for detailed evaluation of the informationsubmitted. ECHA will also evaluate the appropriateness of testing proposalwhich involves vertebrate.Category One and Two carcinogens, mutagens and toxic for reproduction, persistent bioaccumulative and toxic, very persistent and very bioaccumulative toxic and substances with similar toxic effects arecollectively named as Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) for the purpose of REACH. It is estimated that the first list of authorization willinclude about 900 SVHC; and the number of SVHC will be increased to1,500 after 11 years.
Some Important Question Answers about REACH:
How much might REACH Cost?
The European Commission has estimated that Reach will cost industry between 2.8bn and 5.2bn euros (between £1.5bn and £3.5bn) over 11 years.Other estimates put the figure as high as 12.8bn euros (£8.6bn).However, the Commission also calculates that Reach would save Europe54bn euros (£36bn) over 30 years because fewer people would fall ill as aresult of exposure to chemicals.