REACh is the European Regulation on Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals. Having entered into force on 1st June 2007, it streamlines and improves the former legislative framework on chemicals of the European Union (EU).
The main aims of REACh are to improve the protection of human health and the environment from the risks that can be posed by chemicals. Furthermore REACh enhances the promotion of alternative test methods, the free circulation of substances on the internal market and fosters competitiveness and innovation.
REACh makes industry responsible for assessing and managing the risks posed by chemicals and providing appropriate safety information to their users. In parallel, the European Union can take additional measures on highly dangerous substances, where there is a need for complementing action at EU level.