Legislation: Defra calls for chemical registration

02 June 2008

Manufacturers should pre-register chemicals before December 1, 2008, according to the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). The UK government organisation is issuing the warning with regards to the registration, evaluation, authorisation and restriction of chemicals programme (REACH).

Chemicals need to be registered
Chemicals need to be registered

Under REACH, people who manufacture or import chemicals from outside Europe in quantities over one tonne are required to register these chemicals.

Chemicals can be pre-registered, between June 1 and December 1, 2008, with the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) in Helsinki. Failure to do this may have significant implications because businesses will have to stop manufacturing or importing until substances are registered.

‘It is important you find out now if these new rules will effect your business,’ environment minister, Phil Woolas said.

Woolas added many businesses used chemicals and relied on them without realising it.

‘If you think you need to register chemicals, take advantage of the opportunity to pre-register before December 1, 2008. It makes good business sense.’

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