REACH – the European Regulation on Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals – entered into force on 1 June 2007. It aims at enhancing the protection of human health and the environment from the risks chemical substances could pose, while enhancing the competitiveness of the EU chemicals industry.
It is the main piece of legislation regulating the use of chemicals in Europe.
As far as diisocyanates are concerned, a REACH Restriction has been adopted by the European Commission and will require persons handling and/or using the substance to successfully complete an adequate training.
In addition to the Restriction, one of the objectives of the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability is to revise the REACH Regulation.
An ISOPA position paper on the topic can be found in our Position Papers section.