Electronics Production | September 19, 2007

Why electronics companies<br>need to worry about REACH

Make sure that your supply network understands REACH and its need to pre-register otherwise your company may face a potential supply disruption.
The new European Union-wide law entitled "Registration, Evaluation, and Authorization of Chemicals", or REACH1, went into effect on June 1, 2007. The title would make one think that it's a chemical-related law, so why do manufacturers of electronic products, termed "articles" in REACH-speak, need to worry about a chemical substance regulation?

Here's why: electronic products are manufactured with and from literally thousands of chemical substances. Most substances will be subject to registration under the REACH legislation, and certain substances of very high concern will be subject to authorization, which could eventually result in their restriction.

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