The REACH Regulation (EC) No. 1907/2006 has established the principle "no data - no market" in the EU chemicals regulation.

  • REACH  - means Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals; (EC) No 1907/2006

Until 31 May 2018, companies had to register any substance manufactured or imported in the EU in quantities of more than 1 tonne per year with the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA). Numerous pigments and fillers are therefore also registered in the EU. As of 1 January 2020, companies have to consider separate possibly existing nanoforms in the REACH registration dossier of a substance.

The evaluation of the registration dossiers is carried out by the ECHA. Parallel to this, the process of substance evaluation has been established by the EU member states. Every year, the 3-year work plan is drawn up in the so-called Corap (Community Rolling Action Plan). Substances with certain properties of concern (so-called SVHC substances) can be included on the candidate list and their use can be subject to the authorisation procedure. Within the supply chain, the transfer of information on substances and mixtures, such as their properties and their use, is of great importance. The safety data sheet is the central element for communication.

The European Regulation on Classification, Labelling and Packaging (EC) No. 1272/2008 - in short CLP Regulation - regulates how substances and mixtures must be classified, labelled and packaged according to certain criteria. The CLP Regulation is the EU implementation of the so-called Globally Harmonised System (GHS).

  • GHS is a globally harmonized system for the classification, labelling and packaging of chemicals. It addresses chemicals by types of hazard and proposes harmonized hazard communication elements, including labels and safety data sheets throughout the world.

Both regulations, the REACH and CLP regulations, are subject to a continuous adaptation process.

The VdMi supports its member companies in the interpretation and implementation of the manifold requirements of chemical legislation and participates in the legislative procedures relevant for its member companies with statements and position papers.