The verification for REACH Conformity is done by the European Chemical Agency ECHA. Manufacturers, importers or downstream users can also submit the application for approval of substances falling under the REACH Regulation to ECHA. The agency then examines whether alternate substances can be substituted and issues the approval, provided it can be established that the exposure does not exceed certain threshold values, or there are no suitable substitutes or technologies available, and if the
REACH Consultation is not worthwhile for small and medium companies (SMEs) and yet ensuring REACH Conformity is a huge challenge for them. Compliance of all the EU Chemicals Regulation and the Material Safety Data Sheet requirements places a big bureaucratic burden on the affected companies.
Assistance from individual member nations comes in the form of the technical guidelines, i.e. the so called RIPS (REACH Implementation Project). RIP 1: REACH process details, RIP 2: REACH IT, RIP 3
The CLP-Regulation (GHS-Regulation) is an European Act for implementing the UN Model Regulations also known as Regulation (EU) No. 1272/2008. It came into force in January 2009 implemented in parallel to the REACH Regulation and is based on the GHS: Globally Harmonized System of Classification, Labelling and Packaging of Chemicals of the United Nations. The GHS is a global system which addresses the classification and labelling of chemicals in Safety Data Sheets and on packaging.
There are various reporting requirements to fulfil as per the REACH/SVHC. Article 33 of the REACH Regulation sets the obligation to report within the supply chain and vis-à-vis private consumers. Manufacturers of products (called "parts" in the IMDS) have to meet their obligation to inform the receiver in the event of the presence of more than 0.1% of the gross weight of a substance included in the REACH list.
In such an event all downstream participants of the supply chain have to be informed