What is REACH?
REACH stands for Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals and is the new European law on chemicals which entered into force on 1 June 2007. It will require all chemicals used in Europe to be classified in REACH over a period of several years.
The aim of REACH is to improve the protection of human health and the environment through the better and earlier identification of the properties of chemical substances.
Manufacturers and importers will be required to gather information on the properties of their substances, which will help them manage them safely, and to register the information in a central database.
Domino and REACH
REACH will require all of the several hundred chemical raw materials used in Domino inks, make-up, wash and related fluids products to be progressively classified under the REACH legislation.
What is Domino doing to get prepared for REACH?
Domino is giving REACH a very high priority: in order to be well prepared for REACH a REACH steering committee including regulatory affairs, research & development, manufacturing and marketing was established:
- To understand the requirements of the REACH legislation
- To work with suppliers to ensure compliance with REACH
- To consider the effects of REACH on non-fluids products, such as thermal ribbons and polymers and other substances used in printer production, etc.
- To work to integrate REACH databases – such as REACH-IT and IUCLID - with Domino's own corporate IT systems and databases
To plan for a new system of product identification and hazard labelling, called the Global Harmonisation System (GHS), a UN system that the EU intends to adopt to replace current legislation, alongside REACH compliance
Domino is closely monitoring the progress of the legislation as it evolves. In addition, Domino has retained the services of an experienced consultant in this area to a fully up-to-date understanding of developments in the legislation.