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What is REACH?
REACH is the new European Union (EU) regulatory system for chemicals. It came into force on 1 June 2007 and will involve the registration of some 30,000 chemicals.
REACH is a significant piece of European legislation. The acronym stands for:
and restriction of Chemicals
The regulation replaces numerous European Union Directives and regulations and places responsibility on the chemicals industry to demonstrate the safety of its products.
Approximately 30,000 chemicals are expected to be registered over the 11-year period following the legislation's enactment on 1 June 2007.
The European Commission believes REACH will deliver significant benefits by:
- Providing a high level of protection to human health and the environment
- Fostering innovation within the EU chemicals industry and ensuring high safety standards for its products
- Providing a single EU regulatory system with a streamlined decision-making process and clear timelines
Shell Lubricants supports the underlying goals of REACH, which include placing greater responsibility on industry to manage the risks that chemicals may pose to health and the environment.
This is consistent with our own commitment to promote the responsible production, use and handling of the products we make.
We have also been actively engaged, principally through CONCAWE (Conservation of Clean Air & Water in Europe) and ATIEL (Association of the European Lubricants Industry) in making our position on REACH known to the European Community.
We continue to work with industry colleagues to develop implementation guidelines and to promote consistency for the industry.
Implementation and continued compliance with REACH is a key priority for Shell Lubricants companies. This includes coordinating closely with our customers and suppliers to gather all of the required information on the products we sell and those we buy.
To meet the REACH legislation requirements, Shell lubricants companies completed the registration of substances manufactured and/or imported at >1000 tpa by the 1st December 2010. We are currently preparing our dossiers for submission to support the registration of our substances manufactured and/or imported in the 100-1000 tpa bracket, the deadline for which is 31st May 2013.