REACH for a guide to how chemical rules affect companies in the auto sector

16 July 2007 #SMMT News

A tailored-guide to REACH chemical rules has been developed by the motor industry.

REACH stands for Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation (and Restriction) of Chemicals. It aims to reduce the risk from chemicals to humans and the environment and encourages the substitution of unsafe chemicals. The rules affect manufacturers and suppliers in the motor industry and also companies in other industry sectors.

The Regulation itself runs to around 900 pages, so a task force was set up to make it more relevant and straightforward to the auto supply chain. Comprising SMMT and representatives of major vehicle manufacturers (ACEA, JAMA and KAMA) as well as CLEPA, the body representing European suppliers, the group created an Automotive Industry Guideline (AIG).

This has been published today. The aim is for a live document with future versions available for download free of charge at

REACH has on-going deadlines for at least the next decade. SMMT is therefore encouraging companies to bookmark the ACEA web address and return regularly for updates.

Download version one below:


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