Anyone who make or imports chemicals into the European Union needs to be aware that the new chemical registration program, REACH (analogous to TSCA registrations in the United States), is now open for pre-registrations.

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) open the pre-registrations process on June 1, 2008, and companies may pre-register chemicals until December 30, 2010.  To find out if you are required to submit pre-registration information to the ECHA, see the REACH website here (note that some chemicals have a December 1, 2008 deadline).

Submitters are advised to file their information early as the ECHA expects close to 200,000 pre-registrations for the nearly 30,000 chemicals that REACH impacts.

REACH absolutely impacts nanomaterials that are produced or imported into the EU.  So, if you or your company makes or imports nanomaterials into the EU, keep an eye on the target and deadlines.