REACH is the Regulation for Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals. It entered into force on 1st June 2007. The Regulation aims to streamline and improve the former legislative framework on chemicals in the European Union (EU).
The Chemicals Amendment Acts 2008 and 2010 implement and enforce certain EU Regulations, including the REACH Regulation. The Acts designate the following as the competent authorities for REACH in Ireland:
(A) The Health and Safety Authority
(B) Subject to (c), the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food in respect of pesticides
(C) The Environmental Protection Agency, in respect of the prevention of environmental pollution.
Further Information and Useful Links
The European Chemicals Agency [ECHA] began operating on 1st June 2007 and its website is a single point of entry for all information on REACH. It contains REACH guidance, FAQ’s and other useful information.
Last modified: 11/11/2011