implementation of REACH
REACH is the European Regulation on Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals [Regulation (EU) 1907/2006]. It is the world’s most comprehensive regulatory framework securing safe use of chemicals. Recent European Commission reviews concluded that the system is fit for purpose, delivering on its objectives and serves as a global model for chemicals legislation. DUCC agrees with these conclusions and is committed to making REACH work.
DUCC recognises the importance of developing and using harmonised formats to facilitate communication along the supply chain. DUCC contributed to the drafting and implementation of ECHA’s CSR/ES Roadmap, and was a founding partner in the formation of ENES, the Exchange Network on Exposure Scenarios - a collaborative network set up in 2011, bringing together ECHA, Member State Competent Authorities and industry organisations to develop effective communication exchange between supply chain actors on the safe use of chemicals.
For communication upstream to substance registrants, the Use Map package was co-developed by DUCC under the above programmes, and all available use maps and related exposure assessment inputs (SWEDs, SCEDs and SPERCs) from downstream user sectors are available in the library hosted by ECHA, as well as the websites of the sector associations.
For communication downstream to end users, DUCC created and promotes the SUMI (Safe Use of Mixtures Information) approach and communication template.
Besides activities related to supply chain communication as above, DUCC engages on other REACH topics with impacts for downstream users, such as substance evaluation, DU Chemical Safety Assessment, authorisation/restriction and the interface with occupational safety and health. DUCC believes that full supply chains should be involved in identification of chemicals of concern and Risk Management Options Analysis, since industry has the resources and expertise to help in defining concepts and finding appropriate solutions.
In the context of the targeted revision of REACH, DUCC stands ready and committed to support EU decision-makers, with the goal to build on the existing solid REACH framework and make it more efficient, consistent and streamlined.
To access all DUCC materials related to REACH implementation visit the Resources page.