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
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:
- 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.
- 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
- For further information about
the Orgalime Guide please contact: Françoise Duplat
Tel +32 2 706 82 35, or e-mail to