Manufacturers and importers will be required to document the safety of their substances. Therefore they will have to know about the chemical's properties, get information on uses from their clients, judge the risks the different chemical uses are posing to environment and human health and take/recommend safety measures. How much documentation is needed in the first instance will depend on the production volume of the chemical. Companies will be required to register all substances produced or imported in volumes of one tonne or more per year per manufacturer or importer (estimated to be around 30,000 substances).The shortest deadlines for registration will apply to very high volume substances (above 1000 tonnes), and carcinogenic, mutagenic or reproductive toxics above one tonne. These will have to be registered within three years of REACH becoming law. Chemicals with production volumes in the range of 100 - 1,000 tonnes will have to be registered within six years; and low production volume chemicals (1 – 100 tonnes) will have 11 years for registration.
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