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Workshop: PMT substances under REACH

The German Environment Agency and the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute announce the workshop "PMT and vPvM substances under REACH. Voluntary measures and regulatory options to protect the sources of drinking water". We invite chemical industry, drinking water supplier and regulatory body representatives to enter this discussion. read more

News on Chemicals

Chemicals in articles: EU LIFE Projekt AskREACH started

Ein Barcode auf einem Produkt wir mit einem Smartphone gescannt

Certain substances are harmful to man and the environment. The AskREACH project will raise awareness on Substances of Very High Concern in articles among the European population, retailers and industry. Consumers can use a smartphone app to get information on such substances or send requests for information to suppliers. The European Chemicals Regulation REACH provides the legal framework. read more

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Chemical law: REACH could increase safety of imported articles

Two women lying on a mat at a sports centre with gymnastic balls and barbells

The EU might introduce an authorization scheme for imported goods such as clothing, sports gear and toys in the REACH Regulation, to aim at a better protection of humans and the environment against Substances of Very High Concern in articles. An UBA study claims that the necessary amendment of the EU chemicals regulation REACH would not breach international trade law. read more

Economy | Consumption

Format for the mandatory designation of construction products

The EU Construction Products Regulation requires from 1st July 2013 new complementary data to accompany construction products with CE marking. If the construction product contains substances of very high concern, these must be declared. Alternatively - if available - a safety data sheet must be enclosed. The Federal Environment Agency hands out advice for the format of the mandatory data. read more


Good to know

Nano structures

The Federal Environment Agency supports an objective debate on the chances and risks which nanotechnology involves. It wants to help promote the opportunities nanotechnology offers for environment and health protection while at the same time evaluating and preventing its risks. read more

News on Chemicals

New thresholds for carcinogenic PAHs in (baby) toys and more

rubber ducks

Since 27 December 2015 consumer goods may no longer exceed a very low content of eight carcinogenic polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH). A threshold of 0.5 mg/kg applies for toys and baby items. Other rubber or plastic products such as gardening gloves or mouse pads may contain no more than 1 mg/kg. read more


REACH – What is it?

Erklärung des Begriffs REACH: Europäische Chemikalienverordnung zur Registrierung, Bewertung, Zulassung und Beschränkung chemischer Stoffe

Regulation EC 1907/2006 is the European Chemicals legislation concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH). It entered into force in 2007 and aims to ensure a high level of protection of human health and the environment. At the same time it ensures the free circulation of chemicals on the internal market while enhancing competitiveness and innovation.... read more


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