With two years to go before new laws impact businesses, the chemical industry has urged companies to start preparing now.

REACH – the Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals – requires chemicals which are manufactured in or imported to Europe in quantities between 1 and 100 tonnes per year to be registered before 1 June 2018, a change that will mostly, but not exclusively, impact small businesses.

The Chemical Industries Association which represents chemical manufacturers of all sizes located across the UK, has led work on helping small businesses get ready. The Association’s subsidiary business REACHReady has full details and CIA has been working with Government and others to develop joint advice, as well as supporting the European Chemicals Agency in its awareness efforts.

Silvia Segna, CIA’s REACH Executive said “Two years may seem like a long time, but it is important that companies start to prepare now. Waiting till later may lead to chemicals not being able to be registered causing disruption to their manufacture and/or import with potential knock-on effects on businesses and product availability. We can win this regulatory challenge.”