Understand your obligations under REACH following the final registration deadline

Regulatory Impact Report: The impact of REACH on downstream users

Since the EU's REACH Regulation came into force in 2007, vast quantities of information have been disseminated to help explain it. Even so, many companies are still, to varying degrees, unaware of how the Regulation actually works and how it will affect them.

Some believe that the whole process came to an end on 31 May 2018, when the last of three volume-based registration deadlines passed. This is not correct: obligations continue indefinitely.

‘Downstream users’, as the Regulation defines them, did not have any registration requirements but they do have important obligations in communicating information about the use of chemicals back up the supply chain.

This Regulatory Impact Report aims to help companies using chemicals within the purview of REACH to understand the basics of this complex and novel regulation, as well as their roles and compliance obligations, and what to watch out for.

‘Downstream users’, as the Regulation defines them, did not have any registration requirements but they do have important obligations in communicating information about the use of chemicals back up the supply chain.

The report includes an introduction, a deeper dive into safe use obligations and authorisation provisions, some top tips and definitions of the law’s key terms, responsibilities and some statistics. There are also links to key sources of additional information.

In this report, you'll learn: 

  • The clear definition of 'downstream users' within the context of REACH;
  • The background of REACH, and exactly how REACH impacts downstream users;
  • What your obligations are under REACH, as a downstream user;
  • The importance of exposure scenarios and chemical safety assessments; 
  • The impact of REACH beyond registration;
  • How to communicate with the supply chain on SVHCs; and
  • Top tips for REACH compliance.

2018 is not the end of REACH, or even the beginning of the end, only the end of the beginning. REACH has important implications for those who use chemicals – just about every large manufacturing industry, in other words.