REACH and Aqua Resins Technologies B.V.

1. What is REACH ?


REACH and Aqua Resins TechnologiesREACH stands for the Regulation for Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals. The REACH Regulation entered into force on 1st June 2007 to streamline and improve the former legislative framework for chemicals of the European Union (EU). REACH also creates the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) which has a central co-ordination and implementation role in the overall process. ECHA is located in Helsinki, Finland and will manage the registration, evaluation, authorisation and restriction processes for chemical substances to ensure consistency across the European Union.

2. What is the aim of REACH?


The aim of REACH is roughly fourfold. To improve the protection of human health and the environment from the risks that can be posed by chemicals. To Enhance the competitiveness of the EU chemicals industry, a key sector for the economy of the EU. To promote alternative methods for the assessment of hazards of substances. To ensure the free circulation of substances on the internal market of the European Union

3. Why is REACH necessary?


REACH replaces about 40 pieces of legislation with a streamlined and improved regulation. Other legislation regulating chemicals (e.g. on cosmetics and detergents) or related legislation (e.g. on health and safety of workers) not replaced by REACH will continue to apply. REACH has been designed not to overlap or conflict with the other chemical legislation. REACH also foresees an authorisation system aiming to ensure that substances of very high concern are adequately controlled, and progressively substituted by safer substances or technologies or only used where there is an overall benefit for society of using the substance.

4. To whom does REACH apply?


REACH applies to all manufacturers and importers of chemicals and thus makes industry bear most responsibilities to manage the risks posed by chemicals and provide appropriate safety information to their users. Manufactures and importers must identify and manage risks linked to the substances they manufacture and market. For substances produced or imported in quantities of 1 tonne or more per year per company, it is required that they submit a registration dossier to the ECHA.

5. Aqua Resins Technologies BV and REACH


Aqua Resins Technologies BV (ART) has complied, up to date, with its obligations under REACH thus far. As a manufacturer of polymeric resin and foam we are currently exempted from REACH legislation. However as a manufacturer of foaming aids, we have already completed preregistration. Thirdly, as a downstream user ourselves, ART will cooperate with its suppliers in ensuring that important raw materials are covered in REACH and that our production processes are not affected. Now that the preregistration period has expired December 1st 2008 we shall be using only raw materials in compliance with REACH. Conversely, we trust that you as downstream user of our products will comply with the current Safety Data Sheets which we have already provided. In addition to which we trust that you will only apply the product within the approved applications, as specified in our contract(s) with yourself.