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The REACH regulation came into force on 1st June 2007. With new concepts such as pre-registration, “one substance – one registration” principle, Substance Information Exchange Fora (SIEF) this regulation has certainly shaken up the chemical Industry within the EU/EEA in a big way.

Every actor in the supply chain of a chemical substance, mixture or article may be affected by REACH directly or indirectly so it is worth understanding what REACH means for your company – and that is how BCS can help.

REACH places an obligation on manufacturers and importers (or Only Representatives) to register their substance under REACH before they manufacture or place on the market above 1 tonne per annum. For existing substances on the market before REACH came in force, it was possible to submit pre-registrations by 1st December 2008 to benefit from transitional REACH registration deadlines.

REACH has now been in force for nearly 9 years and it keeps evolving every year so increases the pressure on companies to to continually assess its status in term of REACH and act accordingly.

REACH & CLP deadlines

reach and clp deadlines


The CLP regulation came into force in 2008. This regulation is based on the principles of the UN Global Harmonisation System (UN GHS) also known as the “purple book” to harmonise classification and labelling worldwide. The CLP regulation requirements have been phased in over the last seven years and has replaced the Dangerous Substance Directive and by 1st June 2017, it will replace DPD for classifying and labelling existing mixtures on the market before 1st June 2015.

Like most EU chemical regulations, the CLP regulation is frequently updated. CLP updates are in the form of [definition] ATPs which will apply new principles of UN GHS adopted into EU law and to update chemical substance lists in Annex VI of CLP where mandatory harmonised classification and labelling must be applied.

All substances and mixtures (mixtures placed on the market after 1st June 2015) must comply with the CLP regulation when preparing Safety Data Sheets and Labels.

CLP notifications

When placing a substance (or mixture) on the EU market for the first time you have to consider whether a CLP notification will need to be submitted to the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA).

Companies have 1 month after placing on the market to submit the required information (as stated in the CLP regulation) to ECHA via their REACH-IT system


If you want to know more about REACH and/or CLP regulation and how this may affect you company, please contact us by phone, email or using the contact form on this website.