What is REACH?

No Data No Market

REACH is the new chemical policy introduced by the European Union. It is an EU Directive that brings together several existing regulations on chemicals in the European Union under a single umbrella. It means “Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals”. The REACH Regulation came into force on June 1, 2007 after being ratified by the EU Parliament on December 18, 2006. The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), based in Helsinki, was established for the technical, scientific and administrative management of the regulation.

REACH is a new European Union legislation that stipulates the registration, evaluation, authorization and restriction of chemicals. The key mission assumed by REACH is that manufacturers and importers/exporters can have their chemicals registered with the European Chemicals Agency.

It is applicable to any chemicals produced in the EU market or imported from abroad in quantities of 1 tonne or more per year.

If you fail to have your chemicals registered, then you cannot legally manufacture or market these products in the EU as they will not bear the data about them, which means no data, no market!

  • Chemicals

  • Mixtures (Chemical A, Chemical B...)

  • Commodity (Chemicals with the designed emission)

≥ 1 TONNE/YEAR REGISTRATION

For detailed information, please visit https://echa.europa.eu

The Regulation on Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (KKDIK), which entered into force in Turkey in 2017, is the version of REACH with some modifications, additions and omissions.

When considering KKDIK from this perspective, it can be regarded as a substantial step taken to capitalize on the experience of states that have industrialized before Turkey. It is predictable that KKDIK will greatly contribute to our chemical industry in terms of approaches to innovation, competition, living beings and nature as it will gain ground practically over time.


REACH and KKDIK in practical terms

Even if the companies exporting from Turkey to the European Union states have their export goods registered under REACH, their obligations of registration survive nationally within the scope of KKDIK. In other words, registration with REACH does not grant exemption from KKDIK.

Additionally, the information in the registration files submitted to REACH can be used when logging into the Chemical Registration System run by the Ministry of Environment. However, it should be noted that KKDIK is not exactly the same as REACH and that there is no agreement executed between the Turkish Ministry and ECHA (European Chemical Agency) on the use of the same information.

The Pre-Registration period for KKDIK will continue until 31.12.2020, which will then be followed by a registration period between 31.12.2020 and 31.12.2023.

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