Concept Life Sciences can assist you with a tailor-made program to support your dossier submissions under the REACH testing programs. Our state-of-the art UKAS accredited testing laboratories and skilled analytical scientists enable fast, efficient and accurate data. We can provide REACH testing services to ensure you meet the submissions in time for the 2018 deadline

What is REACH?

REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and restriction of CHemicals) is a European Union Regulation which addresses the production and use of chemical substances, and their potential impacts on both human health and the environment. REACH entered into force in June 2007, with a phased implementation over the next decade.

REACH requires that an extensive, tonnage-dependant set of toxicological and environmental data should be submitted to the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) on each substance manufactured or imported within the EU in quantities of >1 tonne/year. In the registration dossier an evaluation of that data is given, defining how it should be classified for health, safety and environmental hazards. A substance may only be registered with ECHA if the risks related to its usage are shown to be adequately controlled. This process can be lengthy and costly but is a prerequisite for any EU chemicals business’s licence to operate.

Whilst some substances are data-rich and have information on most of the endpoints required for the REACH evaluation process to start, these tend to be major commodity chemicals which have been well studied over a long period of time. Many others, which have a more limited use or are substances where there was data on a similar analogue, do not have all the data that is formally required by REACH.

The challenge in REACH has often been to find the best way to fulfil the information requirement without using excessive experimentation (something written into the REACH regulation), with all its attendant costs. Any alternative approaches used need to be acceptable to ECHA.  ECHA in turn needs to demonstrate that companies are meeting their statutory requirements as described in the regulation, its annexes and ECHA’s own many guidance documents.

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