REACH (Regulation for Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals)
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) explains:
"REACH stands for the Regulation for Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals.
The REACH Regulation entered into force on 1st June 2007 to streamline and improve the former legislative framework for chemicals of the European Union (EU). REACH also created the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) which has a central co-ordination and implementation role in the overall process. ECHA is located in Helsinki, Finland and manages the registration, evaluation, authorisation and restriction processes for chemical substances to ensure consistency across the countries in which REACH applies."
REACH and Access IS
Access IS has released a statement regarding REACH as follows (for a downloadable pdf version go to the bottom of this page):
Access IS ('Access') is aware of the obligations on importers and suppliers of articles in relation to a subset of chemicals known as Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs), as defined in Article 57 of Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 ('the REACH Regulation') on the European Chemicals Agency website: echa.europa.eu/chem_data/authorisation_process/candidate_list_table_en.asp
Registration under REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and restriction of Chemicals) relates to registration of substances on their own, in preparations (i.e. a mixture of two or more substances, for example paint or ink) and in articles where there is intended release, if manufactured or imported at one tonne per year or more. Parts supplied by Access are defined as 'articles', that is 'objects whose shape surface or design are more critical to their function than their chemical composition'.
Parts supplied by Access have no intended release of any substances from these articles therefore Access has no registration duties under REACH.
Further information relating to the REACH regulations can be found at: echa.europa.eu/reach_en.asp
We confirm that in order to satisfy the supply chain responsibly we have contacted our suppliers to obtain assurances that they are also in compliance with the REACH regulation. We will continue to monitor the regulations and the list of substances defined above and advise customers of any changes that relate to articles supplied.
For a PDF of this statement, click on the link below.