REACH

REACH

Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals, better known as REACH, applies in Iceland. It is implemented through national regulation No 888/2015.

Helpdesk

The Environment Agency operates the national helpdesk for REACH. To facilitate the routing of enquiries, please consider using a descriptive subject line such as “Enquiry regarding REACH” when sending an email.

Email: ust@ust.is

Authorisation

The Commission decides on the granting of authorisations shall be granted for the use of substances included in Annex XIV of REACH. As per provisions in the EEA Agreement, once the Commission has taken a decision concerning authorisation, a concurring decision is taken by Iceland within 30 days. In effect, this means that authorisations granted by the Commission become valid in Iceland within 30 days. A list of granted authorisations can be found here (the page is in Icelandic, but links are provided to the appropriate summaries in English on EUR-Lex).

Safety Data Sheets

Safety Data Sheets (SDSs) shall be made available to professional users in Icelandic. Attached information from chemical safety reports may be provided in English.

When only supplying small amounts (less than 1 kg per recipient per year) to recipients in research and development, who can be expected to know foreign languages due to their education or specialisation, the SDS provided may be in English, Danish, Norwegian or Swedish.

Information on emergency response regarding chemicals is stored by the Poison Centre, operated by the University Hospital of Iceland. The Poison Centre may be contacted by email at eitur@landspitali.is and its phone number (+354 543 2222) must be included in SDSs.

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