REACH Regulation

REACH, the new EU regulation concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals, took effect 1 June, 2007. The aim of REACH is to protect human health and the environment, maintain the competitiveness of the European chemical industry and prevent fragmentation of the internal market. This regulation is applicable in the same way across the 27 Member States of the European Union.

It requires manufacturers and importers of substances in quantities exceeding 1 tonne to submit a registration to the European Chemical Agency.

REACH registration dossier for mercury submitted

For mercury and the chlor-alkali industry the European REACH constitutes a special case. As a sector, we are not a producer or importer of mercury but only a user. This means that legally our sector has no obligation to register mercury but being a user we should ensure that "someone" registers mercury.
This is why Euro Chlor actively was involved in the preparation of a dossier prepared by a recycling company who have submitted a registration dossier. Euro Chlor contributed information on occupational and environmental health for the substance. The dossier was submitted in November 2010, meeting the registration deadline.


Dolf van Wijk
Euro Chlor Executive Director 
tel. +32 2 676 7370
E-mail us with the Euro Chlor contact form.

REACH Consortium for chlorinated solvents

The chlorinated solvents REACH consortium covers the five substances tetrachloroethylene, trichloroethylene, chloroform, carbon tetrachloride and dichloromethane. There is a lead registrant for each substance.
The dossiers for the five substances were submitted to ECHA in August and September 2010. Currently the consortium is provided access to the dossiers through Letters of Access.
The chlorinated solvents REACH consortium is managed by ReachCentrum and for more information please access the consortium website by clicking on the name of the substance below.


Sébastien Gallet
tel. +32 2 676 7228

REACH consortia for chlor-alkali compounds and derivatives

European producers launched consortia to register several chlorinated substances and chlor-alkali derivatives under REACH. The substances covered are: chlorinated solvents (discussed above), caustic soda, chlorine, 1,2-dichloroethane, hydrogen chloride, methyl chloride, potassium carbonate, potassium hydroxide, sodium hypochlorite.

Registration dossiers for all of these substances have been submitted to ECHA.

The consortia are managed by ReachCentrum.

If you are interested to know more about these consortia, please contact the secretariat at the following e-mail addresses:

Carbon tetrachloride



Ethylene dichloride

Hydrogen chloride

Methyl chloride

Methylene chloride


Potassium carbonate

Potassium hydroxide

Sodium hydroxide

Sodium hypochlorite


The chlorinated paraffins (medium-chain chlorinated paraffins (MCCP), long-chain chlorinated paraffins (LCCP) and sulpho-chlorinated paraffins) are managed separately by a contracting company at the following address: The substances have all been registered before December 2010. The most recent consortium status updates for the MCCP consortium can be found here, and for LCCP, here. The uses identified for LCCP are contained in this document.

Earlier Euro Chlor activities

From September 2006 on, Euro Chlor members were committed to ensure joined work for the preparation of registration for chlorine and some of its derivatives. All pre-registrations have been submitted to the European Chemical Agency by 1 December 2008. As of 1 January 2009 the Chemical Agency published the list of the pre-registered substances and all manufacturers/importers who notified their intention to register the same substance participate in the Substance Information Exchange Forum (SIEF).

Whilst Companies needed to pre-register and notify accordingly the EU Chemical Agency by 1 December 2008, it is important to bear in mind that there are different deadlines for the registration:

 Manufacturers/importers supplying a substance above 1,000 tonnes/year, or a CMR cat. 1 or 2 substances above 1 tonne/year, or an R50-53 substance (PBT/vPvB) above 100 tonnes/year: 1 December 2010

 Manufacturers/importers supplying a substance above 100 tonnes/year: 1 June 2013

 Manufacturers/importers supplying a substance above 1 tonne/year: 1 June 2018

Contact information

For more information on Euro Chlor activities on REACH, please contact

Dolf Van Wijk (+32 2 6767370) for chlorine, its main derivatives and chlorinated paraffins
Wolfgang Marquardt for chlorinated solvents (+32 2 6767228)
E-mail: or use the Euro Chlor contact form.

External links

European Commission Enterprise and Industry
European Commission Environment
European Chemicals Agency ECHA