Implications Of The New REACH Laws

Law360, New York (November 10, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- In December 2006, the European Parliament enacted sweeping legislation for the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals, Regulation Number 1907/2006 ("REACH").

This legislation became effective on June 1, 2007, and ushered in an eleven-year period, at the end of which approximately 30,000 chemical substances currently in use, as well as new chemicals and compounds, will be required to be registered with the European Chemicals Agency ("ECHA").

The European Union's articulated purpose behind REACH is "[t]o achieve a high level of protection of human health and...
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