REACH, acronym for Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) (EC 1907/2006) is a regulation of the European Union, adopted to improve the protection of human health and the environment from the risks that can be posed by chemicals. It also promotes alternative methods for the hazard assessment of substances in order to reduce the number of tests on animals.

To comply with the regulation, companies must identify and manage the risks linked to the substances they manufacture and market in the EU. They have to demonstrate how the substance can be safely used, and they must communicate the risk management measures to the users. Companies are responsible for collecting information on the properties and uses of the substances they manufacture or import above one tonne a year. This information is communicated through a registration dossier based on the "one substance, one registration" principle. This means that manufacturers and importers of the same substance have to submit their registration jointly. To this end, they can work together to make sure joint REACH registrations are prepared efficiently and correctly. This work entails the sharing of information to prevent unnecessary animal testing and costs and the use of test data across companies and read-across within a group of substances.

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  • Full name: Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) (EC 1907/2006)
  • Came into force: June 1, 2007
  • Competent Authority: European Chemicals Agency (ECHA)