R E A C H - THE NEW EUROPEAN CHEMICALS LAW
REACH stands for Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals. This Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 entered into force on June 1, 2007 and replaces the previous legislation in the European Union.
REACH aims to improve the protection of human health and the environment from the risks that can be posed by chemicals, while enhancing the competitiveness of the EU chemicals industry. It also promotes alternative methods for the hazard assessment of substances in order to reduce the number of tests on animals. RUSE CHEMICALS AD supports these goals completely.
In principle, REACH applies to all chemical substances and thus it has an impact on most companies across EU. To comply with the regulation, companies are responsible for collecting information on properties and use of substances they manufacture and/or import in the EU in quantity one tonne or more per year. They must identify and assess the hazards and potential risks related to the substances. This information is communicated to ECHA /European Chemical Agency/ through a registration dossier. ECHA gives a registration number to each relevant substance to indicate that the dossier has been accepted. Companies must demonstrate that their products are safe to handle and do not compromise the health of processors, consumers and environment. Otherwise Authorities may restrict or ban the use of the most hazardous substances and/or impose the necessity to use alternative substances.
RUSE CHEMICALS AD fulfills its obligations under REACH and assumes the roles of manufacturer of chemicals, importer and downstream user.
In the role of manufacturer RUSE CHEMICALS AD have registrations for the two chemicals that the company produces: Phthalic Anhydride and Maleic Anhydride. They were pre-registered and registered in accordance Article 6(1) from REACH and met the required deadlines:
As a legal successor of company Orgachim JCS, RUSE CHEMICALS AD has received through a transfer the two registrations in February 2014.
In the role of an importer and a downstream user RUSE CHEMICALS AD works with partners who comply with REACH Regulation and provides information if necessary under REACH to raw material suppliers.
CLP REGULATION (EC) No 1272/2008
CLP stands for Classification, Labelling and Packaging.
The Regulation came into force in January 2009 and replaces over time (until 2015) the two previous directives that applied to hazardous substances and hazardous mixtures. It introduces a new method of classifying and labelling of chemicals that is based on the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System (GHS).
Under CLP Regulation before placing chemicals on the market companies must establish the potential risks to human health and the environment of such substances and mixtures. They should classify them in line with the identified hazards and pack and label them according to GHS so workers and consumers know about potential effects before handling them. Thus the hazards of chemicals are communicated through standard statements and pictograms on the labels and safety data sheets /SDS/.
RUSE CHEMICALS AD packs and labels its products in compliance with CLP Regulation.
RUSE CHEMICALS AD continues to demonstrate that the substances it produces can be used safely and communicates the risk management measures to users through SDS. The latest requirements for the compilation of SDS are specified in Annex II of REACH. The main body of SDS include information about the properties of the substances (or mixtures), its hazards and instructions for handling, disposal and transport, also first-aid, fire-fighting and exposure control measures. The company modified the products SDS accordingly and supplies extended SDS /including exposure scenarios/ to customers.