REACH at EuroChem Agro
EuroChem Agro GmbH is well prepared to meet the challenges of REACH. REACH stands for “Registration, Evaluation und Authorisation of Chemicals”. It is our declared goal also in the future to provide our customers with all our products while maintaining their established high quality. As one of the leading European providers of fertilizers, via our suppliers we have not only national, but also international experience in the assessment of substances. Together with experts from the Product and Chemical Safety department on the production side, we are working continuously to achieve the highest level of safety for the use of our products.
Some of the components present in our products are natural substances or are obtained from natural raw materials and are therefore exempt from the obligation to be registered within the context of REACH. Our European suppliers pre-register substances liable for registration in a timely fashion and will register them by 1 December 2010.
What is REACH?
The new European Chemicals Directive No. 1907/2006 (REACH) came into force on 1 June 2007. Its purpose is the registration, evaluation and authorisation of chemical substances. Additionally, REACH also includes regulations on the restriction of substances and approval of particularly worrying substances.
The aim of the directive is to ensure a high level of protection for human health and the environment and contribute to boosting the confidence of consumers and society as a whole in the chemicals industry. At the same time, REACH is intended to improve the ability of the European industry to compete and innovate and to consolidate its position on global markets.
For example, it provides for the registration of all substances produced in or imported into the EU with a quantity of > 1 t/a. In the framework of this registration, the safety of the respective substance has to be demonstrated for all identified uses. This is done through the submission of a registration dossier to the European Agency for Chemical Substances (EHCA) in Helsinki. It manages the registration process and ensures uniformity across the EU.
REACH provides for transitional periods of 3 1/2 to 11 years for the registration of substances that are already on the market. These products had to be pre-registered between 1st of June and 30th of November, 2008. Subsequent to this, products with an annual production volume of more than 1.000 tons – like our fertilizers put in circulation – have to be registered according to REACH until 1st of December 2010.