THE REACH REGULATION
Regulation (EC) n.1907 / 2006 of the European Parliament approved on 18th December 2006, called "REACH" regulation (acronym for "Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and restriction of CHemicals"), provides for the registration of all produced or imported substances in the European Union in quantities greater than one ton per year. REACH has the following objectives:
- improve knowledge of the dangers and risks deriving from chemical products in order to ensure a high level of protection of human health and the environment;
- promote the development of alternative methods to those that require the use of animals for the evaluation of the dangers of substances;
- maintain and strengthen the competitiveness and innovative capabilities of the EU chemical industry.
The REACH regulation, consisting of 141 articles and 17 technical annexes, provides:
- the establishment of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), whose headquarters are in Helsinki. The Agency performs a technical-scientific coordination role of the activities foreseen by the regulation and has created a database to collect and manage the data provided by the industry;
- the registration of a substance which consists in the presentation, by manufacturers or importers, of some basic information on its characteristics and, in the absence of available data, in the execution of experimental tests to characterize the related physical-chemical properties, both toxicological and environmental;
- the evaluation by ECHA and the Member States of the information submitted by companies in order to examine the quality of the registration dossiers and to verify whether the risks of each substance for human health and the environment are adequately controlled;
- the authorization, only for specific and controlled uses, of "extremely worrying" substances, such as Carcinogenic, Mutagenic and Reproductive Toxic Substances (CMR), Persistent, Bio accumulative and Toxic (PBT) substances, very Persistent substances and very Bio accumulative (vPvB) and Endocrine Disruptors (IE);
- the adoption of general restrictions affecting all companies which manufacture or place on the market and use substances presenting specific hazards; activities aimed at ensuring the replacement of substances of very high concern with less dangerous substances or technologies;
- public access to information on the properties of chemicals; business information and technical assistance (national helpdesks);
- the control and surveillance activity by the Member States to ensure compliance with the requirements of the regulation.
Eurocolor Sp,a since the entering into force of this Regulation, includes its scope, impact on the market and the economic and resource commitment that this Regulation has imposed and imposes on the chemical industry and producers: the result of all this is that, once the last deadline of 2018 has been exceeded, both thanks to a significant direct commitment but also to the decision to join a group of companies in the sector to create Reach & Colors, a company created to collect and manage the needs of companies involved in terms of REACH compliance, all the substances used in the formulations marketed by Eurocolor are REACH COMPLIANT so far.
THE CLP REGULATION
On 20th January 2009, Regulation (EC) no. 1272/2008 (CLP regulation from the acronym of Classification, Labeling and Packaging) relating to the classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures and aims to guarantee a high level of protection of health and the environment, as well as the free movement of substances, mixtures and articles, entered into force. The CLP regulation is legally binding in all Member States and directly applicable to all industrial sectors. It requires manufacturers, importers or downstream users of substances or mixtures to classify, label and package dangerous chemicals adequately before being placed on the market. When the relevant information (e.g. toxicological data) on a substance or mixture meets the classification criteria of the CLP regulation, the hazards of a substance or mixture are identified by assigning a specific hazard class and category. Once a substance or mixture has been classified, the identified hazards must be communicated to other actors in the supply chain, including consumers. Hazard labeling allows you to communicate the hazard classification to users of a substance or mixture, through labels and safety data sheets, to warn them of the presence of a hazard and the need to manage the associated risks. Together with the REACH regulation, the CLP regulation completes the revision of the European legislative system on chemicals. The labelling, packaging of all products sold by Eurocolor Spa and the relative SAFETY DATA SHEETS comply with the CLP Regulation.