EU Chemicals Regulation

EU Chemicals Regulation

New Governance, Hybridity and REACH

Steven Vaughan

This book provides an exploratory, explanatory and normative account of REACH, the EU Regulation on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals, and its regulator, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA). There are more than one million words of official ECHA guidance to accompany the 516 pages of REACH. This book sets out a thick, detailed analysis of REACH and ECHA’s guidance and, in so doing, offers up a complex, nuanced and differentiated account of hybrid new governance.

Chapter 3: REACH – an overview of the Regulation

Steven Vaughan

Subjects: environment, environmental governance and regulation, environmental law, law - academic, environmental law, european law, regulation and governance


This chapter comprises an overview of the entirety of REACH. It begins with a few words on REACH terminology before setting out the entire Regulation in two paragraphs by way of overview. The key ‘players’ in relation to REACH are introduced (with primary focus on the newly created regulator, ECHA) and the ambit of the Regulation discussed. Each substantive element of REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction) is then set out in some detail.

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