Perhaps one of the broadest pieces of legislation in the EU, the REACH Regulation is complex. Understanding the structure of the Regulation can help to make it more manageable and find relevant information.
Titles, Chapters and Articles
The legislative text itself is organised into fifteen Titles. The first eight REACH refer to Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction processes. The remaining seven Titles detail the administrative elements of REACH, such as the establishment of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), confidentiality of data, and enforcement issues.
Each Title is divided into Chapters, and within each Chapter are the Articles which lay down the legal obligations: REACH comprises a total of 141 Articles.
Seventeen Annexes set out the technical detail to the obligations and you can find a list of them here.
Many of the Annexes have been updated and adapted as legal positions are clarified by the Commission and as interpretations evolve, and of course to include new or amended legislative controls for chemicals of concern. You can find the amending Regulations below.
Guidance and support
Guidance documents, factsheets, practical guides and user manuals all supplement the legal text and Annexes,easily covering thousands of pages.
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