REACH stands for the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and restriction of Chemicals. It enters into force on 1st June, 2007.
REACH applies to all chemical substances; not only those used in industrial processes but also in our day-to-day lives, for example in cleaning products, paints as well as in articles such as clothes, furniture and electrical appliances. Therefore, the regulation has an impact on most companies across the EU.
On 17 January 2023, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) published the REACH Candidate List. Four (9) new Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs) were added. Hence, the total number of SVHCs on the Candidate List increases from 224 to 233.