There are approximately 100,000 chemicals in use in the EU today, but adequate health and safety data is available for only a small proportion of them. The role of these chemicals in compromising human health is, with a few exceptions, largely unknown, and consequently the EU has enacted legislation to control the placing of new chemicals on the market.
 
 
There are approximately 100,000 chemicals in use in the EU today, but adequate health and safety data is available for only a small proportion of them. The role of these chemicals in compromising human health is, with a few exceptions, largely unknown, and consequently the EU has enacted legislation to control the placing of new chemicals on the market.
 
 
Although primarily of concern to chemical manufacturers, ANY manufacturer who uses a chemical (which is defined very broadly in the regulation), especially in a process or as raw material for their product, may be affected.
 
 
Chemicals may be pre registered with the ECA until 1 December 2008. After this date, chemicals may only be placed on the EU market after submission of a file, including full safety data and test results.
 
 
Although pharmaceuticals are excluded from this legislation, medical devices, including in vitro diagnostic devices (IVDs) are not excluded.
 
 
Our Environmental Systems Specialist can help you:
 
 
  • Train your management on the basic requirements

  • Identify the substances your company is using which fall within the regulation

  • Identify what needs to be registered, and when

  • Develop standard operating procedures to manage the new requirements

 
 
Contact us for more information on how GEMAR can help you meet the EU legal requirements on chemical identification and registration, or to talk with our Environmental Systems Specialist.