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European Commission - Press release

Chemicals/REACH: Conference looks at early results and future challenges for chemicals registration

Brussels, 23 September 2011 – Past achievements and lessons learnt for the future of the REACH registration process will be debated at a conference organised by the European Commission and the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), in Brussels today.

Halfway between the two first registration deadlines for REACH – the EU's comprehensive chemicals policy – the conference will discuss what concrete results can be observed at this early stage. Registration is a key element of REACH as it requires companies to demonstrate how to use chemicals safely; this is a prerequisite to placing them on the market. The “REACH Registration Conference” will gather participants representing all REACH stakeholders, including industry, public authorities, workers' associations, and NGOs.

In a joint statement European Commission Vice-President for Industry and Entrepreneurship Antonio Tajani and Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik said: REACH shows how sustainability and competitiveness go hand in hand. We are pleased that industry has worked alongside us to make REACH a success.. This Conference will provide further knowledge about how registration processes and indeed registration dossiers can be improved for the future and ensure that, in the years to come, the knowledge generated by REACH will lead to a cleaner environment, a boost in innovation, safety improvements better informed choices by consumers and industry, a more competitive industry and more strength on the global markets."

The Conference will examine how the REACH provisions have worked out so far. Industry has been successful in meeting the 2010 REACH registration deadline, but many questions remain. Speakers will look at how the data sharing requirements have operated in practice, assess the quality and added-value of the data that has been provided by industry and examine what early benefits for industry, public authorities and citizens can be perceived. The Directors' Contact Group, in charge of identifying and resolving the priority issues of concern in meeting obligations relevant to the registration of chemical substances, will also present its work.

In preparation for the upcoming registration deadline in 2013, the conference will illustrate how the lessons learnt from 2010 can be applied to 2013 to help those who have to meet that deadline. The conference will also launch ECHA's campaign to raise awareness of the 2013 deadline, particularly among SMEs.


Registration is one of the key elements of risk management of chemicals in REACH. It is staggered across three different deadlines – 2010, 2013, and 2018. One of the principles laid down by REACH is that companies that fail to register a substance they manufacture or import on time cannot place it on the EU market.

REACH is the Regulation on Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and restriction of CHemicals. It entered into force on 1st June 2007. The main aims of REACH are to ensure a high level of protection of human health and the environment from the risks that can be posed by chemicals, the promotion of alternative test methods, the free circulation of substances on the internal market and enhancing competitiveness and innovation.

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Contacts :

Joe Hennon (+32 2 295 35 93)

Monica Westeren (+32 2 299 18 30)

Carlo Corazza (+32 2 295 17 52)

Andrea Maresi (+32 2 299 04 03)

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