Safe management of product
For safe management of product, Member States of the European Union adopted a Regulation (EC) no. 1907/2006 on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH Regulation), which entered into force on 1 July 2007. One of the aims of the Regulation is to generate information on all chemicals in use in the EU for their safe use, and the most hazardous of them phased out.
The REACH Regulation requires that companies increase their knowledge about the chemicals they produce and pass that information on to their customers. This improves our understanding and raises awareness about chemicals and their hazards.
Regulation prescribes to all manufacturers, importers or other legal entities that trade with substances within the EU to submit a registration dossier for each substance produced or imported to the territory of the EU in quantities greater than one ton per year to the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) until the defined deadline. If a company does not register substance, manufacture, sell or import of the substance must stop in the entire territory of the EU until the registration dossier is submitted and accepted by ECHA.
INA, d.d. has registered all its substances, a total of 34, thus fulfill the obligation of the REACH Regulation and can produce substances and placing them on the EU market.
Before placing chemicals on the market, the industry must classify, label and package them in accordance with the CLP Regulation. CLP is Regulation (EC) no. 1272/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 December 2008 on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures. CLP substitutes and amends Dangerous Substances Directive 67/548/EEZ (DSD) and Dangerous Preparations Directive 1999/45/EZ (DPD) and also amends REACH Regulation.
The CLP Regulation ensures that the hazards posed by chemicals are in a clear way communicated to employees and consumers in the European Union via the classification and labeling of chemicals. Thanks to this process, the hazards of chemicals shall be communicated to standard statements (Hazard statements (H) and Precautionary statements (P)), additional standard statements (EUH) and pictograms on product packaging and in safety data sheets.
The entry into force of the REACH and CLP Regulations made available:
- new knowledge on hazards, exposure and risks of chemicals and measures for their control,
- better communication between consumers and suppliers,
- increased control over substances of very high concern and limit their use or complete phase out from the European market by substituting with safer alternatives.
The final aim is to reduce exposure to hazardous chemicals and prevent diseases, injuries and accidents.
For information on REACH and CLP please contact us at the address ReachINA@ina.hr.