REACHing for Chemicals Management in Europe

REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals regulation) is the new, single regulatory system for chemicals management in the European Union (EU). The regulation came into force June 1, 2007 and the chemical industry – from raw materials suppliers to manufacturers and importers– had to comply with the pre-registration phase which ended on December 1st 2008. Deadlines for registration range between November 2010 and May 2018, depending upon substance volume and classification.

REACH Requirements

REACH requires that EU manufacturers and importers of substances into the EU (at one tonne or more per year per legal entity) disclose information on the properties of their substances, including the risk to humans and the environment associated with use. Information on appropriate risk reduction measures must also be provided.

MEGlobal’s Involvement

MEGlobal fully supports the objectives of REACH and the responsibility the legislation places on all members of the value chain to manage the safe use of chemicals. Working with CEFIC the European Chemical Industry Council, MEGlobal has been actively engaged in supporting effective and workable legislation, and we are now shifting our attention to work with our customers and suppliers on the next phase of REACH implementation.

What does this mean for MEGlobal Customers?

Working through The Dow Chemical Company’s* (Dow) REACH implementation program management office, MEGlobal is fully prepared to meet the compliance requirements of the legislation. MEGlobal has ensured pre-registration of its products, monoethylene glycol (MEG) and diethylene glycol (DEG), with assistance from Dow’s corporate expertise and service functions. All the relevant information has been well documented in our MEG/DEG Product Information Sheet(s).

MEGlobal will ensure that our current product portfolio will be registered for our supported downstream uses pending further technical guidance.

For additional information regarding MEGlobal and REACH, please review our Frequently Asked Questions.

For extensive information regarding the legislation, please review the EU website, or see Dow’s REACH Internet site.

*MEGlobal is a 50/50 joint venture between The Dow Chemical Company and Petrochemical Industries Company in Kuwait.