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Press Release No 6 – January 2009: REACH Regulation Road Emulsion Industry update – January 2009

The new European Union Regulation EC 1907/2006 concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) came into force on 1 June 2007. Its aims include improved protection of human health and the environment from the use of chemicals, making manufacturers and importers responsible for understanding and managing risks associated with their chemicals, and to promote the use of alternative methods for the assessment of hazardous properties of substances – for example, by requiring and encouraging data sharing.

REACH Registration Timetable

1 June 2007REACH came into force
1 June 2008

Pre-registration for existing (‘phase-in’) substances starts

Registration for new (‘non phase-in’) substances starts

30 November 2008Pre-registration for ‘phase-in’ substances ends
1 December 2008Registration for existing substances (that have not been pre-registered) starts
1 January 2009List of pre-registered substances published
1 June 2009First recommendation of priority substances to be considered for authorisation published by the European Chemicals Agency

1 December 2010


By this date the following pre-registered ‘phase-in’ substances should have been registered when supplied at:

? 1000 tonnes per annum, or;

? 100 tonnes per annum and classified under Chemicals (Hazard Information and Packaging for Supply) Regulations as very toxic to aquatic organisms, or;

? 1 tonne per annum and classified under CHIP as Category 1 or 2 carcinogens, mutagens or reproductive toxicants

1 June 2013


Deadline for registration of substances supplied at ? 100 tonnes per annum

1 June 2018


Deadline for registration of substances supplied at ? 1 tonne per annum

Road emulsions are preparations of multiple substances, and there is therefore generally no requirement for emulsion manufacturers to register them under the REACH Regulation. It is however necessary for the manufacturers of the individual substances (chemicals) used to register them, including data on their hazards, characteristics and uses.

REA members are committed to liaising with their suppliers and customers, to ensure their suppliers have pre-registered the substances supplied and to assist in the collation of data to ensure these substances are registered by suppliers for the approved applications of their emulsion products.

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