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REACH directive in force this June

Sunday, January 7, 2007

European Commission announced that the REACH Directive will be in force in June 2007. According to the Commission in its website "The new regulatory framework will improve the protection of human health and the environment by identifying the properties of chemical substances earlier and more accurately. Particular attention is given to the most toxic properties which cause cancer, infertility in men and women, genetic mutations and birth defects. The new approach is likely to improve the innovative capability and competitiveness of the EU chemicals industry."

REACH -- after some modification -- might be applied to Nanotechnology. However, to date there has been no official announcement from the EU that REACH will govern nanoparticles and nanomaterials.

The factbook on REACH is downloadable here, the summary of the legislation is available here.