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REACH in a nutshell: New Orgalime guide for the engineering industries

Now that the EU’s new chemical law, REACH, is about to enter into force on 1 June 2007, Orgalime has drafted a new guide aimed specifically at clients of the chemical industry, namely the so-called downstream users, article producers and article importers. This concise 37 page document, designed to provide a practical tool for engineering companies to understand, prepare and implement this complex and voluminous piece of EU legislation. With a one page overview slide on REACH timelines and 4 quick screens, it highlights the main obligations for engineering companies under REACH.

The guide is available for free download at Orgalime’s website Structured in a way that readers learn about REACH requirements in a progressive and interactive manner, the Orgalime guide includes an introduction to REACH, the main definitions, as well as important dates and deadlines of relevance for the users of chemicals and producers/importers of articles. Orgalime’s Quick Screens allow engineering companies to better identify in how far they are affected by the Regulation and what they are required to do in terms of registration of substances/substances in preparations used in engineering processes, authorisation, registration of substances intentionally released from articles, notification of substances in articles and the duty to communicate information. Issues of particular relevance to Orgalime industries (eg the scope) are explained in more detail in individual guidelines. The Orgalime guide further contains a comprehensive list of existing helpdesks and tools of EU and national authorities, REACH implementation Projects (so called “RIPs”) as well as other industry helpdesks and guidance documents, which facilitate the gathering of information for engineering companies.


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