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Will REACH still be there after 2018?


Cefic European Chemical Industry Council,
Avenue E. Van Nieuwenhuyse 4, B-1160 Brussels, Belgium

KEYWORDS: REACH, registration deadline 2018, roadmap substances of very high concern, circular economy, non-toxic environment.
REACH is clearly more than the registration of substances. The interaction with evaluation and authorisation and restriction is becoming more and more clear. The communication on these via the ECHA website is improving constantly and new developments are reported. This will clearly not stop in 2018. REACH will play an important role in the discussion on implementing the action plan for the circular economy, as well as in the discussions on the non-toxic environment. On global level, REACH will contribute in achieving the sustainable development goals. The author shares his personal view how this legislation is much more holistic than many understood end 2006. Without this holistic concept companies are losing track what is happening with their dossiers.

If you had asked in Davos whether they knew REACH, the majority might have answered yes - of course, it is an English verb. Only those closer to the chemical industry may know ...