Since October 2003, the European Commission (EC) has been developing a new EU regulatory framework for chemicals called REACH (Registration, Evaluation and Authorization of Chemicals). REACH, which became effective in June 2007, applies to all existing and new chemical substances produced or imported into the EU in quantities greater than one tonne a year. Manufacturers or importers of these chemical substances will be obligated to register the substance with a central agency by submitting specified health, safety, risk and use information about the substance.
What does REACH mean to Cabot?
As we are committed to continuing to supply our European Union (EU) customers, Cabot has pre-registered all substances which are manufactured or imported into the EU in quantities greater than one tonne a year. Suppliers of raw materials are being contacted to confirm their pre-registration/registration. Carbon black, silica and cesium formate have been registered under REACH by December 1st, 2010. Cabot is implementing plans to work with the manufacturers and importers of its other substances to ensure registration prior to their deadline.
Cabot's Only Representative (OR)
Cabot's customers that import chemical substances or mixtures into the EU may wish to use the service of our Only Representative to be covered under REACH. For further information, please refer to the Only Representative (OR)Communication Package available here below.
Information for customers regarding Cabot's compliance with REACH regulations is available in the Downloads area under Document Types.