Q: What is REACH?
A: REACH is an acronym for Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals. Also known as Directive EC 1907/2006, REACH is a European Union (EU) regulation that focuses on the production and use of chemical materials and the possible effects on the environment and humans. There are over 143,000 chemical substances registered with REACH and the list continues to grow in order to protect the EU environment. REACH also strives to educate individuals who place chemicals on the market such as importers and manufacturers.