REACH is a new European Union regulation concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and restriction of Chemicals. It came into force on 1st June 2007 and replaces a number of European Directives and Regulations with a single system.
It is estimated that there are around 30,000 substances on the European Market in quantities of 1 tonne or more per year. Registering all of these at once would be a huge task for both industry and regulators. To overcome this, the registration of those substances already being manufactured or supplied is to take place in three phases. These phases are spread over 11 years; details of this timeline can be found here. To benefit from these phased-in deadlines manufacturers or suppliersneed to pre-register their substances from 1st June to 1st December 2008. Pre-registration is not a legal requirement of REACH but is strongly advised by the UK Competent Authority.
Centurion Specialty Chemicals are a Downstream User within the framework of REACH, we will fulfill the requirements as described in article 31-34 and 38 of the REACH regulations.
Our suppliers further up the supply chain have confirmed their intention to pre- register the product/substances therein. We will keep you informed of the situation as it becomes better defined.