The EU REACH Regulation entered into force on June 1 2007. REACH stands for Registration Evaluation and Authorization of CHemicals. REACH replaces the European legislation on existing substances (93/793/EC). The EU Chemicals Agency (ECHA) based in Helsinki, Finland is overseeing and administering the whole program.
All substances in the scope of the Consortium, such as zinc metal, alloys and compounds (zinc oxides, sulphates etc.) manufactured in Europe and/or imported into Europe are now registered. Presently, zinc concentrates when not chemically modified seem to be exempted from the obligation to be registered but are now notified.
All substances, such as cadmium metal, alloys and compounds (cadmium oxide, nitrates, pigments, etc.) manufactured in Europe and/or imported into Europe are or will be registered.