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Downstream users


Companies or individual workers who use chemicals are called downstream users in REACH and CLP. This includes companies who manufacture goods or offer services where chemicals are not the main element of their business, such as food, construction or cleaning companies. The chemicals used typically include paints, metals, adhesives, solvents and cleaning agents.

Downstream users have a key role to play in advancing the safe use of chemicals by implementing safe use at their own site and communicating relevant information both to their suppliers and their customers.

These webpages describe how downstream users are affected by REACH and CLP. A range of supporting material is available and an interactive map linked under the heading "Support" helps you find this information quickly.


 About downstream users

ImageWho is a downstream user and what do they have to do?

Communication in the supply chain


Effective communication is very important in the supply chain.


More on downstream user responsibilities


REACH includes requirements for downstream users to promote safe use of chemicals. 

Other issues affecting downstream users


REACH registration, regulatory chemical control and other legislation also affect downstream users.

Downstream users

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