Chemicals (REACH)

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Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO

REACH is a European regulation on chemicals. REACH stands for Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and restriction of CHemicals. Chemical substances may cause pollution or harm human health. For this reason the use of these substances is limited and strictly regulated.


Manufacturers and importers of chemical substances in the EU must register the properties of these chemicals with the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA).

Identify your obligations

You can use ECHA's Navigator to identify and clarify your business' roles in the supply chain for a specific substance: manufacturer, importer, distributor or user. Depending on these roles, you must fulfil a variety of obligations under REACH. In any event, you must know the risks attached to all the chemicals you produce, import, distribute or use and identify measures (and take these measures in your own business) to control those risks.

Safety information sheet

When marketing chemicals, you must issue professional users with a safety information sheet. In this safety information sheet you provide information about the risks of the chemical for employees and the environment. The safety information sheet must also set out the necessary measures to protect health, safety and the environment.

Selling explosives precursors

You are not allowed to sell explosives precursors to private individuals without them having the proper permit. Also, private individuals must have official documents for import, possession or use of these substances. You have a duty to report any suspicious transaction, disappearance or theft of these substances to the Suspicious Transactions of Chemicals Hotline (+31 (0)88 - 154 00 00).

This information is provided by

Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO