REACH is an EU regulation on the handling of chemicals in articles. In specific terms, this is Regulation (EC) No. 1907/2006. The core of this regulation is the registration, evaluation, authorisation and restriction of various chemicals and its scope of application affects manufacturers, distributors and importers in all EU member states.
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REACH international: Scope of application and regulations in other countries
REACH is an EU-wide, international regulation that applies in all member states, where it is translated into national law. All manufacturers, distributors and importers of chemicals or corresponding articles are subject to this regulation.
Comparable regulations can also be found outside the EU. In Switzerland, the handling of chemicals is regulated by ChemRRV (Swiss Ordinance on Chemical Risk Reduction). In Asia, China and South Korea have respectively issued the China RoHS and Korea RoHS regulations, which regulate certain substances and provide for certification, information and labelling obligations.
Similar and equally far-reaching chemicals legislation also exists in Canada and the USA (Toxic Substances Control Act/TSCA). Particular attention should be paid to California, where Proposition 65 applies.