REACH stands for 'Registration Evaluation Authorisation of Chemicals' and came into force in 2007, replacing some 40 EU laws and directives. REACH stipulates that all chemicals that are manufactured or imported must be registered.

If a substance constitutes a hazard to people and the environment, a chemical safety assessment is required, and in some cases also a permit for its use.

The deadline for registration of substances manufactured and imported over 1000 tons/year was 30 November 2010. Before this date all legal entities had to submit final registration dossier to the European Chemical Agency (ECHA).

A significant part of the task of drawing up information about each substance has taken place by means of industry collaboration. Nynas is been part of the SIEFs (Substance Information Exchange Forum) for petroleum substances which is being facilitated by CONCAWE, the European oil companies' organisation for health, safety and environment.

The work to compile all data needed for joint part of the dossiers started already in 2006 and came to a completion during the summer 2010. To collect all information was s a wide-ranging task requiring major resources, but at the same time it meant that we now have a better understanding of the risks to health and the environment of our substances.

Nynas submitted registration dossiers for all substances manufactured in EU and imported to EU by Nynas which fall under the REACH Regulation. For more info see respective business area.

If you have any questions in relation to REACH, please contact Karin Hennung, Manager Product HSE, and her team.

More information on the internet

European Chemicals Agency
Concawe – the oil companies’ European organisation for environment, health and safety in refining and distribution
Eurobitume - European Bitumen Association