What is REACH?

All production and importation of chemicals into the European Union is now regulated by the regulatory framework, REACH (Registration, Evaluation and Authorization of Chemicals), which came into force in June 2007 and became operational a year later.

The legislation makes registration of all substances produced or imported into the EU mandatory.

The regulation, which replaces around 40 pieces of legislation, requires manufacturers and importers of chemicals, in quantities of more than one metric ton per year, to submit hazard, use, exposure and risk data for identified uses of substances.

REACH Philosophy

  • Industry assesses, communicates, and manages risk. REACH registration is required for EU market access.
  • Manufacturers and importers of substances collect information on substance properties, product applications and exposure to users and the environment and assess and communicate risk management measures within the supply chain.
  • Downstream users, e.g., customers, inform suppliers about use and use conditions.
  • Substance registration provides evidence to authorities that the supply chain applies the process.

Additional PDF's

More information about Trichloroethylene authorization step by step

Information Letter No. 1: Proposal of trichloroethylene as Substance of Very High Concern (SVHC)

Information Letter No. 2: Identification of TRI as Substance of Very High Concern (SVHC) and addition to the Candidate List

Information Letter No. 3: Trichloroethylene prioritised by ECHA for its 3rd recommendation for inclusion of substances in Annex XIV of REACH

Information Letter No. 4: Comment on Trichloroethylene as part of the consultation process regarding the drafted 3rd recommendation for inclusion of substances in Annex XIV of REACH

Information Letter No. 5: ECHA recommends to include 13 priority substances including Trichloroethylene (TRI) from the "Candidate List" into ANNEX XIV of REACH (the "Authorisation List")

Information Letter No. 6: Potential upcoming inclusion of Trichloroethylene (TRI) into ANNEX XIV requires preparation and strategic decisions from downstream users

Information Letter No. 7: Authorisation process and considerations on the continued use of TRI in surface cleaning applications.

Information Letter No. 8: Entry of Trichloroethylene (TRI) into ANNEX XIV on April 21, 2013

Information Letter No. 9: Status of the authorisation process of Trichloroethylene (TRI)

Information Letter No. 10: ECHA expert committees published their final opinion regarding the authorisation dossiers submitted by DOW for the continued use of Trichloroethylene (TRI)