REACH (Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of CHemicals) took effect on 1st June 2007 under EC regulation VO(EG) Nr. 1907/2006 and is intended to simplify and centralise the laws on chemicals.

REACH governs the handling of chemicals in preparations and products and of the substances themselves; as a basic principle, it applies to all chemical substances regardless of whether they have any dangerous properties. It is the first significant regulation in the world to be passed with the aim of protecting human health and the environment.  

For this purpose, all manufacturers or importers of chemical substances who produce or import more than one tonne per year in the European Union must register these with the European Chemicals Agency. By registering a substance, the manufacturer or importer acquires the right to introduce it into the market.

Substitution of “substances of very high concern” (SVHC) with less dangerous substances is one of the most important objectives of REACH. A further criterion of REACH is the SVHC candidate list: we regularly and carefully check the changes and additions to this list in order to be able to fulfil our duty of information under Art. 33. According to current knowledge, none of our recycled materials or compounds contains any substances on the candidate list.