The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) established REACH as a law to protect the environment and public health from potential chemical dangers while also making the EU chemicals sector more competitive. In an effort to minimise the amount of animal testing, it also encourages the use of substitute techniques for hazard assessment of drugs.

How does REACH work?

REACH provides guidelines for gathering and evaluating data about the characteristics and risks associated with various chemicals. Businesses must register their drugs, and in order to do this, they must collaborate with other businesses who are also registering the same chemical.

REACH's effect on companies

REACH impacts a wide range of companies across many sectors, even those who may not think of themselves as being involved with chemicals.

In general, under REACH you may have one of these roles:


If you make chemicals, either to use yourself or to supply to other people (even if it is for export), then you will probably have some important responsibilities under REACH.


If you buy anything from outside the EU/EEA, you are likely to have some responsibilities under REACH. It may be individual chemicals, mixtures for onward sale or finished products, like clothes, furniture or plastic goods.

Downstream users

Most companies use chemicals, sometimes even without realising it, therefore you need to check your obligations if you handle any chemicals in your industrial or professional activity. You might have some responsibilities under REACH.

Companies established outside the EU

Non-EU companies exporting products to the EU aren't obligated by REACH. Importers within the EU or the only representative of a non-EU manufacturer in the EU bear the responsibility for REACH requirements like registration.

REACH compliance

All Nedstar extra neutral alcohol products are Reach certified. This means they comply with EU regulations regarding the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals. REACH is there to protect human health and the environment from the mismanagement of chemicals.

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