Guidance on REACH

The list below contains all the Guidance Documents which are available, or will be available, on this website. These documents have been developed with the participation of many stakeholders: Industry, Member States and NGOs. The objective of these documents is to facilitate the implementation of REACH by describing good practice on how to fulfil the obligations.

Some of these documents have been or will be translated into official EU languages. You can access the translations from this webpage: use the language menu on the top right corner of the page.

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Guidance on information requirements and chemical safety assessment
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IR&CSA Guidance
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This guidance describes the information requirements under REACH with regard to substance properties, exposure, use and risk management measures, in the context of the chemical safety assessment.
 
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Guidance for Downstream Users
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Guidance for Downstream Users
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This document describes the roles and obligations of downstream users, and advises them on how to prepare for the implementation for REACH.
 
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Guidance on the preparation of an Annex XV dossier for the identification of substances of very high concern
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Guidance on identification of SVHC
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This document describes how the authorities (Member States Competent Authorities or the Agency) can prepare an Annex XV dossier to identify a substance of very high concern.
 
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Guidance for identification and naming of substances under REACH and CLP
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Guidance on substance identification
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This document describes how to name and identify a substance under REACH and CLP.
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Guidance fact sheet
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Guidance on the compilation of safety data sheets
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Guidance on safety data sheets
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This guidance provides information on issues to consider when compiling a Safety Data Sheet (an SDS), details of the requirements for information to be included within each Section of an SDS - in particular detailing the changes arising from the different revisions of Annex II of REACH and transition periods for implementation of these changes. It also gives general information on for which substances and mixtures SDSs needs to be provided and by whom.
 
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Guidance for Annex V
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Guidance for Annex V
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This document describes the exemptions from the obligation to register in accordance with Article 2(7)(b) of the REACH Regulation.
 
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Guidance on registration
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Guidance on registration
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This document describes when and how to register a substance under REACH. It consists of two parts: one on Registration tasks and obligations and the other on the preparation of the Registration Dossier.
 
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Guidance for monomers and polymers
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Guidance on polymers
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This document describes the specific provisions for polymers and monomers under REACH.
 
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Guidance on data sharing
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Guidance on data sharing
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This document describes data sharing mechanisms for phase-in and non phase-in substances under REACH. It includes the communication within the SIEF and the cost sharing guidance. The document also describes the Confidential Business Information and Competition Law issues in the context of data sharing.
 
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Guidance fact sheet
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Guidance on requirements for substances in articles
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Guidance for articles
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This document assists producers and importers of articles in identifying whether they have obligations under REACH; in particular in relation to registration and notification according to Article 7, and in relation to article supply chain communication according to Article 33.
 
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Guidance on the preparation of an application for authorisation
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Guidance on authorisation application
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This document describes how to prepare an application for authorisation and provides guidance on analysis of the alternatives and substitution plan. It also describes how third parties may prepare and submit information on alternatives.
 
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Guidance on Socio-Economic Analysis – Authorisation
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Guidance on Socio-Economic Analysis - Authorisation
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This document assists applicants making an application for an authorisation to prepare a socio-economic analysis.
 
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Guidance on intermediates
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Guidance on intermediates
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This document describes when and how the specific provisions for the registration of intermediates under REACH can be used.
 
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Guidance on the communication of information on the risks and safe use of chemicals
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Guidance on Risk Communication
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This guidance document is intended to be used mainly by Member State Competent Authorities (MSCAs) in communicating about the risks of chemicals, specifically in the context of the REACH Regulation.
 
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Guidance on waste and recovered substances
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Guidance on waste and recovered substances
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This document describes under which conditions legal entities recovering substances from waste can benefit from the exemption laid down in article 2(7)(d) of REACH and elaborates the obligation to share information in the supply chain as put forward in title IV of REACH.
 
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Guidance fact sheet
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Guidance on priority setting for evaluation

This Guidance document has been made obsolete and removed from the ECHA website. It has been replaced by current and updated information available on the ECHA Evaluation webpages accessible directly via the following links: http://echa.europa.eu/web/guest/regulations/reach/evaluation and
http://echa.europa.eu/web/guest/about-us/the-way-we-work/procedures-and-policies/public-procedures (30/01/2014)

Guidance on Scientific Research and Development (SR&D) and Product and Process Oriented Research and Development (PPORD)
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Guidance on PPORD
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This document describes specific provisions under REACH for substances manufactured, imported or used in scientific Research and Development (SR&D) and Product and Process Oriented Research and Development (PPORD).

Note: this guidance is currently being updated. For the latest draft, please see http://echa.europa.eu/support/guidance-on-reach-and-clp-implementation/consultation-procedure
 
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Guidance on Dossier and Substance Evaluation

This Guidance document has been made obsolete and removed from the ECHA website. It has been replaced by current and updated information available on the ECHA Evaluation webpages accessible directly via the following links: http://echa.europa.eu/web/guest/regulations/reach/evaluation and http://echa.europa.eu/web/guest/about-us/the-way-we-work/procedures-and-policies/public-procedures (30/01/2014)

Guidance for the preparation of an Annex XV dossier for restrictions
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Guidance on Annex XV for restrictions
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This document describes how the authorities (Member States Competent Authorities or the Agency on request from the Commission) can prepare an Annex XV dossier to propose a restriction under REACH.
 
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Guidance on inclusion of substances in Annex XIV
This guidance document has been withdrawn.

The information related to the identification of substances of very high concern, priority setting, and the inclusion of a substance on Annex XIV can be found on the following web pages:
Authorisation

Role of the Member State Committee in the authorisation process

General Approach for Prioritisation of Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs) for Inclusion in the List of Substances Subject to Authorisation[PDF] [EN]

General approach - Preparation of draft Annex XIV entries for the third recommendation of substances to be include in Annex XIV [PDF] [EN]
Guidance on Socio-Economic Analysis - Restrictions
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Guidance on Socio-Economic Analysis - Restrictions
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This document assists Member State Competent Authorities and the Agency (on a request from the Commission) in preparing and using a socio-economic analysis when developing an Annex XV dossier for Restriction. Further, it assists interested parties in preparing a socio-economic analysis or providing information in order to contribute to one.
 
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Guidance fact sheet
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