REACH

Regulation

REACH

On 1 June 2007 European Community put into place REACH program, the most restricting regulation on chemicals and their safe use (EC 1907/2006). It deals with the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemical substances and its aim is to improve the protection of human health and the environment through the better and earlier identification of the intrinsic properties of chemical substances. The REACH Regulation gives greater responsibility to industry to manage the risks from chemicals and to provide safety information on the substances.

Manufacturers and importers will be required to gather information on the properties of their chemical substances, which will allow their safe handling, and to register the information in a central database run by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) in Helsinki.

Maflon supports the underlying goals of REACH, which are consistent with our own commitment to promote the responsible manufacturing, use and handling of our products. Maflon has fully reviewed its current portfolio of products and set-up an internal team to manage the full implementation of REACH. This will include coordinating closely with our customers and suppliers to gather all of the required information on the products.
REACH provisions will be phased-in over 11 years being a very long process. Maflon will continue to keep its customer informed of its progress and appreciate every actor cooperation and support in successfully implementation of the REACH requirements. Companies can find explanations of REACH on the ECHA website, in particular in the guidance documents, and can contact national helpdesks.


C&L
Classification and Labelling
CAS
Chemical Abstract Service
Cefic
European Chemical Industry Council
CMRs
Carcinogenic, Mutagenic or Toxic (for reproduction)
Chemicals classified under Directive 67/548)
CSA
Chemical Safety Assessment
CSR
Chemical Safety Report
CSTEE
Scientific Committee on Toxicology, Ecotoxicology and Environment (CSTEE)
DNEL
Derived No-Effect Level
DU
Downstream Users
ECB
European Chemicals Bureau
ECVAM
JRC's European Centre for the Validation of Alternative Methods
EINECS
List of substances compiled in 1981 that today are considered "existing substances"
ELINCS
European List of Notified Chemical Substances
EMEA
European Medicines Agency
Endocrine disrupters
Substances of very high concern that mimic or inhibit the effects of hormones.
ESIS
European Chemical Substance Information System
EUSES
European Union System for the Evaluation of Substances
GHS
the UN's Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling
GLP
Good Laboratory Practice
HPV
High Production Volume Chemicals
IARC
International Agency for Research on Cancer
ICCA
International Council of Chemical Associations
IFCS
Intergovernmental Forum on Chemical Safety
ILO
International Labour Organisation
in vitro-testing
Studies done with cell or tissue cultures
in vivo -testing
Studies done with live animals
IUCLID
International Uniform Chemical Information Database
IUPAC
International Union for Pure Applied Chemistry
JRC
Joint Research Centre
LCA
Life Cycle Assessment
LOEL
Lowest observed Effect Level
LVP
Low Production Volume Chemicals
MOS
Margins of safety
MS Cas
Member States Competent Authorities
NLP
No-Longer Polymers
NOAEL
No observed adverse effect level
NOEC
No observed effect concentration
NOEL
No observed effect level
ORATS
Online European Risk Assessment Tracking System
OSOR
One Substance, One Registration
OSPAR
Oslo - Paris Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the North East Atlantic
PBT
Persistent, Bio-accumulative and Toxic
PEC
Predicted environmental concentration
PIC
Prior Informed Consent (the Rotterdam Convention of Prior Informed Consent sets up a system to control international trade in certain hazardous substances.
PNEC
Predicted No-Effect Concentration
Polymers
large molecules consisting of repeated chemical units (monomers)
POPs
Persistent Organic Pollutants
PPORD
Product and Process Oriented Research and Development
RA
Risk Assessment
RAR
Risk Assessment Report
REACH
Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals
RIPs
REACH Implementation Projects
RMM
Risk Management Measures
SAICM
Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management
SAR (Q)SAR
(Quantitative) Structure Activity Relationship
SDS
Safety Data Sheet - tool for information transfer for all dangerous substances
SEA
Socio-economic analysis
SIDS
Screening Information Data Set
SIEF
Substance Information Exchange Forum
SPORT
Strategic Partnership on REACH Testing
SVHC
Substance of Very High Concern
TGD
Technical Guidance Document
TSCA
Toxic Substance Control Act
UNCED
United Nations Conference on Environment and Development
UNEP
United Nations Environment Programme
UNICE
Union des Industries de la Communauté Européenne
UVCB
Substances of unknown variable composition, complex reaction products or biological materials
vPvB
Very Persistent, Very Bio-accumulative
WTO
World Trade Organisation

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