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NASF Offers Critical Guidance on ‘REACH’ Regulation

The National Association for Surface Finishing (NASF) has launched a new program to help members navigate the regulatory maze otherwise referred to as “REACH,” the regulation on Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation, and Restriction of Chemicals. The goal is to provide finishers, suppliers, and manufacturers alike with critical guidance on the European Union’s new chemicals

NASF’s REACH Guidance Program spans several phases. The first kicks off with the release of several important documents, including:

  • NASF Supplier Guidance
  • NASF Finisher Guidance
  • NASF Model Response for REACH Inquiries
“REACH is for real—it might take awhile to be fully implemented, but it’s not going away, nor will it be overturned,” said Christian Richter, principal of The Policy Group in Washington, D.C. “REACH is already influencing domestic U.S. chemicals policies. Some states are already looking at passing their own REACH laws. Some in Congress are looking at ways to advance some elements of the regulation in Washington.”
According to Richter, the new law will ultimately shape worldwide procurement decisions of finishing customers as well as commercial chemicals manufacturing and use directions into the future.
 
NASF members can access all three documents by visiting the association’s website, www.nasf.org. Also available to members: copies of presentations that were given during the NASF annual Washington Forum event held this past May as well as REACH-related presentations delivered at SUR/FIN 2008 this past June.

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