Upon completion in 2006, the EU published the REACH regulations - a novel and innovative legislation dealing with regulating the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restrictions (REACH) imposed on all chemicals produced or entering the European market. This is the most extensive piece of legislation ever enacted in Europe, which cancels or alters some 40 existing directives. Unlike previous agreements, the REACH regulations explicitly refer to the system management mechanism, through the establishment of a European Agency for chemicals that tracks and manages chemicals registration, checks the documents and provides additional provisions or conditions for control - using a number of innovative concepts. The volume of the REACH regulations holds about 850 pages, and there are another estimated 10,000 additional pages of tutorials and explanatory content on how to implement the regulations. In such a large volume of legislation, part of the terms or provisions are of multiple interpretations, each of which is fraught with risks and opportunities, and the other part is actually important on a need-to-know basis. Complementary legislation emerged in 2008, namely the European regulations that deal with CLP - Classification, Labeling, Packaging.
By its nature this legislation, being so extensive and detailed, is subject to a variety of interpretations - from the most basic definitions of concepts (substance, preparation, article) and proceed to more advanced concepts (such as non-isolated-intermediate, phase in substances). Some of the terms that must be recognized - are not in the legislation, but only guides published by the European Commission and related legislation.
While the preliminary stage (pre-registration) is already behind us, registration procedures (registration) will continue until 2018. We can assist you to examine the materials you use, and classify them according to the tests set out in the REACH regulations to know which of them are required to be registered and which are not. The economic significance of the registry is so high - that the decision whether to register only some of the materials is a decision with far-reaching economic implications for companies that export to the European market.
The Israeli exporter is seemingly not subject to the REACH regulations, but it is still possible to register separately under the regulations by a representative of the Israeli company. We advise mainly companies engaged in chemicals, but it is advisable also for companies that export products to Europe to examine carefully now, which are the materials they should register and how to carry out the registration. We recognize the different registration methods and their advantages and disadvantages - and we can assist you in making decisions on this issue. We are currently performing registration projects on REACH and have experience in environmental law in Israel and the world in general, and in the field of hazardous materials and chemicals specifically.
In addition, one of the most significant activities currently in the area of the REACH legislation deals with the reception and provision of statements relating to the existence or absence of Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC). Sometimes, the ability to declare the absence of substances of such concern is very much a struggle for survival, which could decide the fate of the continued work with customers and suppliers. We help many Israeli exporters required by their customers to provide declarations, we can draft statements and deal with customers. On the other side, we help Israeli exporters to supply statements to clients and deal with their demands.
The revolutionary enactment of chemicals in Europe made waves all over the world and currently has major development enactment follow-up legislations of chemicals in the US, South Korea and other countries around the world. We have many years of experience in judicial scientific consulting to large bodies in these matters, and we will advise you as well in the field of chemicals legislation, from development through engagement with local companies and until smooth selling of its products overseas.