REACH is a European Union regulation concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and restriction of Chemicals which came into force on 1 June 2007. It replaces a number of European Directives and Regulations with a single system.

REACH has several aims but principally:

  • to provide a high level of protection of human health and the environment from the use of chemicals 
  • to prevent chemicals without health and safety data being placed on the market. 
GB's Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs have some useful information regarding Brexit:

Key legislation

Please note that these links are to the original legislation, visitors should verify for themselves whether legislation is in force or whether it has been amended or repealed by subsequent legislation.