The Innospec Regulatory team have finalized submissions for the European Union (EU) regulation concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH). The regulation was introduced in 2007 and required that industry submit registrations for all existing (phase-in) substances manufactured or imported into the EU by a corporate legal entity in quantities of 1 tonne or more per year by the end of May 2018. With an estimated 21,550 substances covered, it is the most comprehensive review of the health and environmental impacts of chemicals anywhere in the world.
Innospec has collaborated on the response to REACH through its membership of Technical Associations, REACH Consortia, Substance Information Exchange Forums and the European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic) to ensure its compliance to REACH. We have collated, shared data, prepared and submitted registration dossiers where required to ensure all Innospec products that continue to be manufactured, imported and placed on the EU market beyond May 2018 are REACH compliant. By the end of 2018, this had entailed a total of 187 registrations covering 152 different chemical substances of which Innospec are lead registrant for 57 substances.
In 2019, our responsibilities under Europe’s REACH program continued as we entered the ‘Evaluation’ phase. Complying with the legislation has been a significant undertaking, with over 60 substances in evaluation for toxicity, environmental toxicology and other aspects of chemical behavior. To support us in the process we have invested in additional resource to help complete the registration stage and begin the evaluation phase.
Going forward Innospec will continue to register for REACH any new substances as necessary that it brings to the EU market as well as respond to all European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) and Competent Authority requests for post registration work, additional information and test data to maintain REACH compliance of its substances and products.