Mark Blainey is a biochemist and toxicologist by training who started his working life as an Inspector for the UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE). In 1997, he moved to HSE's Chemicals Policy Division with responsibility for classification and labelling issues, and then REACH. He then spent 4 years on secondment to DG Environment of the European Commission where he first worked on the existing substances regulation, was one of the authors of the Commission's REACH proposal, and latterly he coordinated the team responsible for taking REACH through the co-decision process. Mark has recently set up his own company, Policy Analysis and Chemical Evaluation (PACE) SPRL, to provide strategic advice and training related to chemical legislation, especially REACH and classification and labelling, assistance to authorities, non-governmental organizations and chemical producers, importers and users.
Registration: The Cornerstone of REACH
Article first published online: 7 APR 2008
© 2008 The Authors
Review of European Community & International Environmental Law
Volume 17, Issue 1, pages 107–125, April 2008
How to Cite
Hansen, B. and Blainey, M. (2008), Registration: The Cornerstone of REACH. Review of European Community & International Environmental Law, 17: 107–125. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9388.2008.00588.x
Bjorn Hansen is a mathematician by training, earning his Ph.D. in 1988 from the Technical University in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. He joined the European Commissions Joint Research Centre in Ispra, Italy, in 1991 and was work area coordinator for the team working on existing substances (Reg. 793/93) in the European Chemicals Bureau from 1993 to June 2003. In June 2003 he joined the Chemicals Unit of DG Environment in Brussels, Belgium where he is currently Deputy Head of the Chemicals Unit. Currently, Bjorn is on secondment to the European Chemicals Agency as Director of Operations.
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- Issue published online: 7 APR 2008
- Article first published online: 7 APR 2008
The EC Regulation on Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) came into force on 1 June 2007, marking the end of three years of intense negotiations between the Council and the European Parliament. One of the most hotly debated topics was the registration of substances, where the original Commission proposal sparked an extensive debate about the volume-based structure proposed. Risk-based prioritization was a concept proposed by both industry and academia to replace this, but due to its own fundamental lack of workability, its inclusion was rejected. However, a lightening of the low tonnage levels was agreed, along with the practical implementation of the ‘one substance, one registration’ principle. Overall, it can be seen that despite the many changes proposed, analyzed, discussed and accepted during the three years of intense negotiations, the basic architecture that the Commission proposed remains and registration will provide an enforceable framework for companies and will ensure a level playing field for chemicals across Europe.