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REACH - Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals

REACH is a major reform of EU chemicals policy and will affect all global supply chains that produce and use chemicals. It is important that all manufacturers, importers and downstream users of chemicals are prepared, and fully aware of the impact this new legislation will have on their business. U.S. exporters to Europe should carefully consider this proposed piece of EU environmental legislation. REACH was adopted in December 2006 and entered into force June 2007 in the 27 member states of the EU.

The Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is responsible for implementing this European Regulation in the UK. In October 2006, Defra nominated the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to be the UK Competent Authority (CA) for REACH, working closely with the Environment Agency, and other partners to manage certain key aspects of the REACH system in the UK.

Businesses can obtain advice on how it will affect them and what they need to do to comply. The helpdesk can be contacted by email at UKREACHCA@hse.gsi.gov.uk or by mail at the following address:

UK REACH CA Helpdesk

2.3 Redgrave Court
L20 7HS

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