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Timeline for the implementation of REACH

2007

1 June 2007 - REACH enters into force in all 27 EU Member States.
 
2008

By June 2008, committees (attended by representatives from EU member states and chaired by the EU Commission) will make important decisions on the criteria for establishing threshold concentrations for substances of very high concern and revising the list of substances exempted from the scope of the legislation. This Process is called comitology.

From 1 June 2008 to 1 December 2008 - Pre-registration of so-called phase-in substances.

By December 2008, the committee will:
- Review the criteria for identifying substances that are Persistent, Bioaccumulative and Toxic (PBT) or that are Very Persistent and,
- Define the criteria of certain very Bioaccumulative (vPvB) substances which do not require to perform certain safety tests.
 
2010

December 2010 - Deadline for registration of chemicals of very high concern and substances produced or imported in high volumes (above 1,000 tonnes per year).
 
2012

2012 - EU will perform a decision making process where both European Parliament and the governments will act as the co-legislators. A general review of the process will include:
- the scope of the law (adding or deleting chemicals to the list of substances covered by the legislation).
- the data requirements for substances produced or imported between 1 and 10 tonnes per year.
 
2013

2013 - EU will perform a decision making process where both European Parliament and the governments will act as the co-legislators. EU will generally review whether to require the substitution of substances that interfere with the hormone system (endocrine disruptors).
June 2013 - Deadline for registration of chemicals produced or imported in quantities between 100 and 1,000 tonnes per year.
 
2014

2014 - EU will perform a decision making process where both European Parliament and the governments will act as the co-legislators. EU will generally review whether a Chemicals Safety Report (CSR) should be submitted for substances between 1 and 10 tonnes.
 
2018

June 2018 - registration of low volume chemicals between 1 and 100 tonnes per year.
 

2019

2019 - EU will perform a decision making process where both European Parliament and the governments will act as the co-legislators. EU will decide whether or not to disclose information about further substances present in articles including e.g. allergens, to consumers.
Currently, information will be disclosed to consumers upon request for the substances which may cause cancer, alter genes or are toxic to reproduction.

2019 - The EU comitology committees will review all tests for reproductive toxicity.