REACH and CLP Implementation Guidance

Implementing REACH is one of the most challenging tasks the chemical industry has ever faced. The REACH Regulation, which entered into force in 2007, has gone through three registration phases:

  • the first one having ended on 30 November 2010,
  • the second on 31 May 2013.
  • the third one ended on 1 June .

The registration is only one aspect of the Regulation, Evaluation and Authorisation/Restriction being the complementary ones.  All these phases and aspects require constant work from industry as well as active involvement from the Helsinki-based ECHA (European Chemicals Agency), the European Commission and the national competent authorities.

In order to help its members and other actors in the supply chains, Cefic has developed a number of guidance documents and tools to support companies in the implementation of REACH as well as to enhance harmonisation of procedures. Having a harmonised approach and using standard tools is key for a successful and efficient implementation of REACH requirements. 

In June 2019 Cefic launched an unprecedented action to help its members proactively and systematically review and update data in previously submitted REACH registration dossiers. This initiative comes in response to the recent conclusion by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) that many REACH registration dossiers require additional information. For more information about the Action Plan please visit a dedicated page on our website.

See also the dedicated page on the ESCom package.