REACH takes its name from English: Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of CHemical substances.
REACH is an European Regulation on chemical substances that entered into force on the 1st of june 2007. It is referenced as (CE) 1907/2006.
According to this regulation, manufacturers and importers of chemical substances in tonnage above 1t per year will have to Register the substances with the European Chemical Agency (ECHA) located in Helsinki. Because of REACH thousands of chemicals will be evaluated along the next eleven years. Testing will be arranged and financed by the manufacturers and importers of the potentially dangerous substances.
REACH will replace or modify many other previous legislations (Directives, Regulations) on chemicals. The aims are to have a better knowledge of chemicals and consequently to be able to master both human health and environment issues.