REACH is the European regulation no. 1907/2006 for Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation of Chemicals which covers substance management, including their safe use.
The REACH Regulation was set up with the aim of improving the protection of human health and the environment through improved knowledge of the intrinsic properties of chemicals, by involving manufacturers, importers and users.
For example, one of the most important obligations for manufacturers and importers is to register each manufactured or imported substance, by providing the European Chemistry Agency (ECHA) with a set of information on the physicochemical, toxicological and ecotoxicological properties of the substances.
Therefore, all companies that produce, import or distribute chemicals are subject to this Regulation in order to prevent incurring hefty administrative penalties and failed marketing of their products. As a matter of fact, the procurement chain becomes increasingly more demanding and careful (including end consumers) as to the safety of chemicals and their legal compliance.