The REACH legislation took effect on June 1, 2007. The regulation provides for phased requirements over an 11-year period, including obligations to register, with the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) in Helsinki, substances imported into, or used within, the European Union. Nearly 150,000 substances were pre-registered with ECHA by 65,000 companies by a December 1, 2008, deadline. In addition, an expanding list of "Substances of Very High Concern" (SVHCs) will be subject to potential substitution in products. Companies also must be prepared to proactively notify downstream users regarding the presence of SVHCs in their product and respond to consumer requests for information on SVHC presence within 45 days.
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The impact of REACH will extend beyond companies engaged directly in business within the EU. It will apply to companies with relatively low levels of EU revenue — and even companies that do no business in the EU but that engage with suppliers or customers that are involved in the European market. A customer that sells into the EU may require information on SVHC content to satisfy its own regulatory obligations, while suppliers that service customers in the EU may opt to discontinue production of parts or component that include SVHCs rather than continuing to provide both "compliant" and "non-compliant" product lines.
Schneider Electric's REACH Strategy
Challenges of Compliance
The Data Conundrum
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