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March 15, 2008

Cover Story Part 1: Are You Ready For REACH?

In today’s global marketplace, the long arm of REACH will bring about sweeping changes in the use of chemicals not just in the EU, but across the globe

Samuel Boxerman, Christopher Bell and Kristina Nordlander Sidley Austin LLP

This is an important year for any company that makes, uses, buys or sells chemicals or products containing chemicals. On June 1, 2007, the European Union’s (EU) Regulation on Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemical substances (REACH) came into force. Implementation of REACH begins in earnest in 2008. Widely viewed as one of the most important pieces of EU legislation in 20 years, REACH will bring about sweeping changes in the way products are regulated in the EU and its impact will extend throughout the global supply chain. This article, together with Part 2, gives the reader an introduction to REACH and its implications for business....

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