What is REACH?
REACH is a regulation of the European Parliament on registration, assessment, authorization, and restrictions of chemical substances with efficiency from 1 June 2007 and replaced a series of European directives and regulations in one system. The original version of the Regulation has been published in the Official Journal of the European Union and is directly applicable and implemented simultaneously in all Member States of the European Community. The REACH Regulation obliges the importer/manufacturer to register substances that are manufactured/imported in excess of 1 tonne per year.
REACH – Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and restriction of Chemicals
Detailed information about the REACH requirements and conditions and the registration of REACH substances can be obtained from the websites of the European Chemicals Agency, REACH user guide websites, and the Estonian Health Board.
Our lab provides all needed analytical tests for substance registration in accordance with REACH regulations. The necessary analytical tests are described in the guidance provided by the European Chemicals Agency “Guidance for the identification and naming of substances under REACH”. These include:
Qualitative characterization of chemicals (confirmation of substance identity):
- Ultraviolet-Visible (UV-Vis) spectroscopy
- Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR)
- Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (NMR) 1H, 13C, 31P
- Mass Spectroscopy (MS)
- X-ray diffraction (XRD)
Quantitative characterization (evaluation of purity and contaminants):
- High performance liquid chromatography with UV-absorbance, fluorescence, refractive index and/or mass-spectrometric detection
- Gas chromatography with mass-spectrometric detection
- Atomic absorption spectroscopy (metals)
- Elemental analysis (CHNS+O)
- Karl-Fischer titration (trace amounts of water)
We have practical experience gained in the REACH testing of a wide range of chemicals for different companies and industries – manufacturers, importers, and downstream users.