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EAMA - Engineering & Machinery Alliance Press release

Wednesday 16 May 2007


REACH in a nutshell: New guide for the engineering industries


With the EU’s new chemical law for the Registration, Evaluation, and Authorisation of Chemicals (REACH) coming into force on 1 June 2007, the European Engineering Federation Orgalime and its members associations have produced a new guide aimed specifically at affected downstream users, article producers and article importers.

As a regulation, REACH will be directly applied in each EU member state, so the UK will be required to set up a system of controls and penalties for non-compliance.

The guide is structured so that readers learn about REACH requirements in a progressive and interactive way. It is available for free download either through EAMA’s website link (http://www.eama.info/public.htm ) or at www.orgalime.org

This concise 37 page document, is designed to provide a practical tool for engineering companies to understand, prepare and implement this complex and voluminous piece of EU legislation. With a one page overview ‘slide’ on REACH timelines and 4 quick ‘screens’, it highlights the main obligations for engineering companies. It includes an introduction to REACH, the main definitions used, as well as key dates and deadlines of relevance to chemicals users, producers and importers.

Issues of particular relevance to Orgalime industries (e.g. the scope) are explained in more detail in individual guidelines. In this regard it should be remembered that this regulation applies equally to inorganic compounds as well as some of the organic chemicals that were the initial target of this legislation. The Orgalime guide also contains a comprehensive list of existing helpdesks and tools of EU and national authorities, REACH implementation Projects as well as other industry helpdesks and guidance documents, which will facilitate companies’ task of gathering timely and relevant information.


Notes to Editors:

  1. The “Orgalime Practical Guide for downstream users, article producers and article importers for understanding REACH” is intended to be a living document, and will be updated according to new developments. Those registering to download the document will be automatically notified of any subsequent modifications.
  2. Orgalime, the European Engineering Industries Association, speaks for 36 trade federations including the UK’s Engineering and Machinery Alliance (EAMA) which joined the Brussels-based organisation last year (2006).
  3. For further information about the Orgalime Guide please contact: Françoise Duplat Tel +32 2 706 82 35, or e-mail to