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Date: 22 Oct 2012

Five years REACH

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Editorial

On June, 1st, we celebrated five years experience since the European REACH Regulation [1] entered into force. The experience is mainly positive: In nearly 29,000 technical dossiers for approximately 5,900 substances, registrants submitted a huge amount of information on uses, properties, hazards, toxicological and ecotoxicological effects to the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) in Helsinki. These registrations include all substances with a manufacturing or import volume of more than 1,000 tons per year and registrant, all substances that are carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic for reproduction which are intended to stay on the EU-market, and some more important chemicals.

It was a really hard challenge for companies to meet the deadline for registration and the REACH information requirements. Although we, and also ECHA [2] are not completely satisfied with the quality of many dossiers and the way the information requirements were interpreted, we’d like to congratulate the world-wi