As REACH Preregistration Ends, Questions Remain

Law360, New York (November 19, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- The preregistration phase in the European Union's REACH program closed Monday after millions of submissions poured in to the new European Chemicals Agency, and while the regulator has been praised for its handling so far, questions as to what happens next persist.

The ECHA, a six-month-old regulator based in Helsinki, Finland, received more than 2.2 million preregistrations since June 1 — far more than expected, according to attorneys.

As companies all over the world rushed to preregister all the substances they may potentially ship to or...
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