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What is REACH?

REACH is the Regulation for Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals. It entered into force on 1st June 2007 to streamline and improve the former legislative framework on chemicals of the European Union (EU). REACH places greater responsibility on industry to manage the risks that chemicals may pose to the health and the environment.

In principle REACH applies to all chemicals: not only chemicals used in industrial processes but also in our day-to-day life, for example in cleaning products, paints as well as in articles such as clothes, furniture and electrical appliances.

The original version of the REACH legal text is available at the following link:

What is CLP?

CLP or CLP Regulation is the new European Regulation on Classification, Labelling and Packaging of chemical substances and mixtures. The legislation introduces throughout the EU a new system for classifying and labelling chemicals, based on the United Nations’ Globally Harmonised System (UN GHS).

CLP is about the hazards of chemical substances and mixtures and how to inform others about them. It is the task of industry to establish what are the hazards of substances and mixtures before these are placed on the market, and to classify them in line with the identified hazards. In case a substance or a mixture is hazardous, it has to be labelled so that workers and consumers know about its effects before they handle it. Note that “mixture” means the same as the term “preparation” which has been used so far.

The original version of the CLP legal text is available at the following link:

What is BPD?

Directive 98/8/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on the placing on the market of biocidal products was adopted in 1998. According to the Directive, Member States had to transpose the rules before 14 May 2000 into national law.

The Biocidal Product Directive aims to harmonise the European market for biocidal products and their active substances. At the same time it aims to provide a high level of protection for humans, animals and the environment

The original version of the BPD legal text is available at the following link:

What is SDS?

The extended safety data sheet summarises the key information from the chemical safety assessment that a company in your supply chain has carried out under REACH. In an exposure scenario you can find which uses are covered. If your uses/ your customers’ uses are covered, the exposure scenarios should give you information about the conditions of safe use relevant to you and your customers.

Every time a safety data sheet is required, you in turn have to provide your customers with information on the hazards, conditions of safe use and appropriate risk management advice.

Please note that there are detailed provisions in the Regulation (EU) No 453/2010 amending Annex II of the REACH Regulation.

The original version of the Regulation (EU) No 453/2010 is available at the following link:

Updated to 13rd June 2012