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REACH and EUROPEAN DIECTIVES

European directive REACH

There is no matter to speak about past European Directives concerning chemical substances, health worker protection. At this time, came into force in July 2007, the regulation that all European industrial players have to respect and follow is the REACH regulation => Registration (by industry), Evaluation (by a new Chemical Agency), Authorisation (and possible restriction) of Chemicals
Chemical substances and products that contain chemical substances, that will be not in accordance with REACH, will be prohibited of the European market after December 1st, 2008.
Presentation of REACH by European Commissions: Reach brochure English
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To download this brochures in others European languages: » Link

Complete text of European Regulation N°1907/2006, called REACH: REACH Text English
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CEE official page to download REACH regulation in all European language: » Link to CEE official web site

Importation, delivery and use of chemical substances that will be not in accordance with REACH or not pre-registered to European Competent authorities, before December 1st, 2008, will be forbidden. It means that after December 1st 2008, end-users must have the official proof that substances they use are not in accordance with REACH or not pre-registered for the special use they do with it.

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Link to official information on REACH, in different European languages: » http://www.prc.cnrs-gif.fr/reach/en/home.html
How to determinate if a chemical substance must be considered as CMR - carcinogenic, mutagenic or with effect on birth- see point 1.6.1
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Are your products concern or not by REACH Regulation?
You must INVESTIGATE what substances are in your products and their quantities. Substances, are they hazardous or do they have a very high concern (SVHC)?
NON SHVC substances
o Are you able to prove, with an official document, that substances in products, that you are using, are safe and non SVHC?
o If Yes, is the substance intended to release during normal use of products (for instance refilling for maintenance).
o If Yes and if substances are not officially exempted you must registered yourself substances for your special use
Note: Tests for non SVHC substance are estimated at more than 400 000 Euro per substance.

SHVC or considered as suspected SVHC substances
1. If products contain SHHC substances for more than 0,1% and if substance intended to release you must registered to the European Authorities yourself substances for your special use.
2. Or European notification is not required if the producer or importer can exclude exposure to humans or the environment during normal or reasonably foreseeable conditions of use including disposal
3. Exposure to human or the environment can be excluded in the following situations: There is no release of the substance of concern during normal and reasonably foreseeable conditions of use(s) or disposal (see explanation of these terms in Annex 1).
Safety Information on desiccant products in connection with REACH
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Official safety informations regarding the different kind of desiccants: » MSDS of many desiccants

Very important note: Desiccant filters or breathers designed, during maintenance operations, to be emptied and refilled with desiccant crystals are obviously products where chemical substances are intended to release during normal uses. Because of that falling down on the scope of REACH.