On June 1, 2007 the new European chemicals legislation became effective:
The REACH regulation (Registration, Evaluation and Authorization of Chemicals, regulation (EG) No. 1907/2006) is the largest EU legislative process to date. It harmonizes the previous chemicals legislation. Its principle: no data - no market. This means that within the area of validity only those chemicals can be traded that have been registered. REACH is based on the principle of self-responsibility of the industry and generally applies to all chemical substances. Self-responsibilty also means, that manufacturers and importers are responsible for the security of their chemicals. It must be ensured, that all intended usage in the product chain is safe to handle, without being a danger to processors, consumers or the environment.
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