REACH Conference – 23 September 2011
What did we achieve in 2010 -
REACH is the Regulation on Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals. It entered into force on 1st June 2007. The main aims of REACH are to ensure a high level of protection of human health and the environment from the risks that can be posed by chemicals, the promotion of alternative test methods, the free circulation of substances on the internal market and enhancing competitiveness and innovation.
Registration is one of the key elements of risk management in REACH. It is staggered across three different deadlines – 2010, 2013, and 2018. One of the principles laid down by REACH, is that companies that don't register the substance they manufacture or import on time cannot place it on the EU market.
REACH and Animal Testing
The Commission received several requests from animal welfare supporters to take up this issue in the REACH Registration Conference. This is our reply to them:
The Commission takes the concerns about the use of animals for testing seriously. The Commission undertakes a large range of activities in this regard. For example the current Framework Programme for research supports the development of new test methods. We operate the European Centre for the Validation of Alternative Methods (ECVAM) which is a global leader in the field. We have also created the TSAR tracking system to ensure that promising new methods can swiftly be adopted for regulatory use, including within REACH. The latest fruits of this work will shortly be seen in the next amendment to the test method regulation.