When the REACH Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 entered into force in June 2007 the registration was for substances with production quantities larger than 1000 tons per year. In May 2013 the second registration phase was concluded covering substances manufactured in quantities between 100 and 1000 tons per year. The European Chemical Agency received 9084 dossiers from over 3215 companies, resulting in the registration of nearly 3000 individual substances. In the last phase all materials with a yearly production between 1 to 100 tons will required to be registered by 2018.
REACH - means Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals; (EC) No 1907/2006
This last registration phase will include many products from the manufacturers of pigments and fillers. During the course of the registration process new experimental data will be available. Hence it is very likely that due to enhanced analytic methods some substances will be upgraded in their hazardous status. The use of established raw materials could then be restricted on short notice. The manufacturers of mixtures used in toys or packaging for cosmetics will require to react flexibly to these new changes.
The press release of the Masterbatch Association explains the possible effect within the plastic materials supply chain.
In addition to the European chemical regulation REACH, the European regulation for Classification, Labelling and Packaging of chemical substances and mixtures (EC) No 1272/2008 – abbreviated CLP – is introduced. Its purpose is to establish a global harmonized classification system for chemicals. Whereas chemical substances already have to follow this regulation, mixtures of chemical substances are allowed to use the old labelling system (67/548/EEG, 1999/45/EC) until 1 June 2015. However all safety data sheets must mention both classificaton systems regardless of whether new or old labels are used on the product.
- GHS-system is a globally harmonized system for the classification, labelling and packaging of chemicals. It addresses chemicals by types of hazard and proposes harmonized hazard communication elements, including labels and safety data sheets throughout the world.
The GHS-System has been initiated by the United Nations and is regularly updated in line with technical progress. These revision are afterwards implemented at EU level as ATP-regulations (Adaptations to Technical Progress). Currently the 6th ATP has been released as regulation (EU) Nr. 605/2014.