REACH - new EU chemicals legislation comes into force

April 2009 – REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals), the new EU chemicals directive, entered into force on 1 June 2007 in all 27 member states. Over 100,000 chemical substances are presently in use in the EU internal market and this number is steadily growing. The purpose of the new REACH directive is to establish the potential impacts of these substances on both human health and the environment and hold them to a minimum.

A key part of the REACH directive is mandatory registration of chemical substances. Registration is required on the part of companies manufacturing or importing chemicals in quantities of 1 tonne or more per year and substance. The obligation for registration applies not only to pure substances but also to mixtures and in some cases finished products.

As defined by REACH, GEH Wasserchemie is considered a manufacturer and therefore is obligated to register all substances produced. With regard to products purchased from suppliers in the EU, GEH Wasserchemie is considered to be only a downstream user and therefore is exempt from registration obligations for these products. REACH does however require downstream users to pass on information to suppliers and customers within the supply chain. GEH Wasserchemie complies with this obligation and will continue to do so in the future.

Recognizing these challenges and opportunities at an early stage, GEH Wasserchemie has worked closely with REACH management consultants Dr. Schrage GmbH & Co. KG for several years.

All substances falling within our company’s responsibility for registration have been pre-registered by us. Pre-registration allows registrants to benefit from an extended transitional period before completing registration in full. Our suppliers have certified to us that all raw materials supplied to us have also been pre-registered in this manner.

As a result, GEH Wasserchemie can assure customers uninterrupted supply of all products in compliance with the new EU Chemicals Directive. 





Dr. Schrage GmbH & Co. KG, Münster