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The registration is one of the milestones of REACH, the EU regulation on chemicals and their safe use Companies are also reminded that they must notify the Classification and Labeling of their chemicals to European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) by Jan. 3, 2011. Companies must submit their dossier electronically via the REACH-IT tool.
As of Sept. 10, according to agency documents, about 4000 dossiers have been submitted to the ECHA. That is likely much higher by now. The registration process does not only affect the chemicals industry, but also operators who do not directly belong to the chemicals sector, such as metal or textile producers.
Companies are also reminded that they need to reclassify the substances they sell according to new rules on Classification and Labeling by Dec. 1 2010, and then notify the classifications to ECHA by Jan 3, 2011.
SOURCE: European Commission press release