Chemical substances are everywhere in our society, like plasticizers in polymers, flame-retardants in matrasses and solvents in paints. European legislation guarantees the safe production and use of these substances. The two main regulations in Europe are: REACH (registration, evaluation, authorization and restriction of chemicals) and CLP (classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures).
On behalf of the Ministries I&M, VWS and SZW, RIVM Bureau REACH supports and advices on the implementation of this European legislation. This annual report describes the main activities in 2016 and highlights some specific cases. Bureau REACH prepares for instance dossiers to request addition toxicological information on the properties of a substance, or to identify a chemical as substance of very high concern. In addition, a harmonized classification in Europa can be determined. Furthermore, Bureau REACH assesses dossiers prepared by other Member States and by industry.