What is REACH?
REACH is the new European Community Regulation on chemicals and their safe use. It deals with the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of all Chemical substances manufactured, imported and used in the European Union. The new law has entered into force on June 1st, 2007. The aim of REACH is to improve the protection of human health and the environment through the better and earlier identification of the properties of chemical substances. The REACH Regulation gives greater responsibility to the chemicals industry to manage the risks from chemicals and to provide safety information on the substances.
Akzo Nobel Polymer Chemicals and REACH
Akzo Nobel Polymer Chemicals fully supports the guiding principles of REACH which seek to strengthen the protection of the environment, human health and to preserve the planet for future generations. The REACH legislation fits in well with our robust Product Stewardship commitment and our support for the Responsible Care® initiative of the chemical industry. We support sustainability and chemicals management through integration of outstanding business principles at all levels.
Akzo Nobel Polymer Chemicals has been actively engaged in the REACH process even before passage by the European Parliament in June 2007. Through our active participation in industry groups, such as Cefic, we are well positioned to provide input to the key REACH stakeholders that we trust will make REACH a workable regulation for all involved.
Akzo Nobel Polymer Chemicals views REACH not as a threat but as a business opportunity. We are committed to ensuring that Akzo Nobel Polymer Chemicals implements REACH in the most successful manner possible, to the long-term benefit of our company, our customers and our suppliers.
In keeping with our "customer first" attitude, our objective is to be recognized by our customers and suppliers as a trusted REACH partner and as a valuable resource for REACH practices.
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