The REACH Regulation

The REACH Regulation contains rules on the registration, evaluation, authorization and restrictions of chemical substances. REACH also contains requirements for users of chemicals and rules about information you must give your customer. In order to place chemical products and articles on the market, these rules must be followed.

Reach in brief

The REACH Regulation includes rules on the registration of substances, bans or other restrictions on substances, authorisation requirements for particularly dangerous substances and rules on informing customers. If you manufacture, import or sell articles and chemical products in the EU/EEA, you need to comply with the rules that apply to your business. The Regulation also contains rules that you, as a user of chemical products, must follow.

In principle, all substances are covered by REACH. This means that substances in, for example, industrial products, cleaning products and paints, as well as in articles such as clothing, furniture and household appliances, are covered. Therefore, many companies in the EU are affected by the Regulation.

To comply with the Regulation, your company must identify and manage the risks associated with the substances you manufacture or import and sell in the EU. You must demonstrate that the substance can be used safely throughout its life cycle and provide information on appropriate risk management measures. Anyone using the substance in their business must follow this information.

If the substances cannot be used safely, the EU can restrict their use in various ways through bans or other restrictions. Authorisation requirements may also be introduced for particularly hazardous substances with a view to replacing them with less hazardous alternatives.

The Regulation entered into force on 1 June 2007.

Links to information on REACH on the ECHA web pages

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) assists companies in complying with the legislation, promotes the safe use of chemicals, provides information on chemicals, and addresses chemicals that are of concern.
The links below take you to ECHA.

Understanding Reach External link.

Guidance documents External link.

Last published 13 March 2024