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REACH: some selected references

Presentations and articles by Martin Tarr are on our main REACH page.

Agencies and consortia

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) aims to be a single point of entry for all information on REACH. The official documents will probably be a touch “heavy-duty” for the average user, but there are some useful guidance notes. Unfortunately there isn’t a single manual that contains all you need to know, and useful pages such as the one on Information requirements in the context of safety assessment have amazing lists of linked documents. The Navigator may help you determine your obligations under REACH and lead to the appropriate guidance.

The UK Health & Safety Executive REACH home page has clear advice and some helpful case studies. The NickAlchemy case study is particularly relevant to those seeking advice about alloys as “special preparations”. is run by the Environment & Green Technologies Department of Enterprise Ireland, and is “designed to enhance environmental awareness and improve performance in Irish industry”. Their REACH page has fairly standard links, but the help-line might be worth exploring!

There are links to more guidance and an alternative helpline at the Irish H&SA REACH page.

REAChAid, yet a third helpline for Irish companies, has roots in the Irish Business and Employers Confederation.

The International Chemical Secretariat (ChemSec) is a non-profit organisation “dedicated to working towards a toxic free environment” that has worked in collaboration with an NGO Advisory Committee to develop the SIN (Substitute It Now) list.

Industry organisations

REACHReady (run by the Chemical Industries Association) have an informative web site, with a "scoping tool", a "REACHReckoner" to indicate compliance costs/work, and a "matchmaking" service to facilitate joint registration.

The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association has REACH news and links: the zip file, updated September 2008, contains v2 of their particularly enlightening Automotive Industry Guideline on REACH and some supporting documents.

The Orgalime Environment page has a broad scope, with REACH at the Chemicals Policy link. The Orgalime Practical Guide for downstream users, article producers and article importers for understanding REACH, updated May 2008, is well worth reading, and the required registration is free.

The European Chemical Industry Council has a useful section on REACH, with advice on implementation and some practical tools such as pro forma questionnaires.

The RoHS & REACH Environmental Issues Yahoo technical group was set up to help the electronics industry deal with the challenges of RoHS, and is a potential source of help.

Other sources of information and links

The UK HSE have a very useful page of the risk phrases and symbols associated with the Chemicals (Hazard Information and Packaging for Supply) Regulations 2002, sometimes known as CHIP3.

Startpagina has links to an enormous number of REACH-related sites. is a regular source of news releases and information related to the legislation. [see also for RoHS-related feeds]

The REACH compliance EU web site maintained by B-Lands Consulting, an independent specialist offering consulting and certification services.

The Wikipedia REACH page has many interesting background resources.

The Chemicals Policy review page is a similar resource, with a short article and useful links.

One helpful article is REACH: Seven (7) steps to better pre-registration.

Negative views

The cost of REACH could be quite considerable, as has been the case with the RoHS legislation. For an insight into those costs, and a worrying inset on REACH, take a look at RoHS cost: $32 billion and counting.

And the pressures for ever-tighter legislation are difficult to resist. REACHforLIFE aims to launch a debate about moving away from “a blanket mistrust of chemicals and towards a balanced approach in applying sound scientific evidence”.

The EDN supply chain blog is one route used by Gary Nevison of Farnell to ask questions like Do REACH’s costs overreach its benefits?, which appeared on 23 September 2008.