REACH is a European regulation which deals with the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemical substances. Although REACH came into force on 1 June 2007, registration of substances did not start until 2010. This process should be completed by 2018.

To help European chemical producers meet their REACH obligations, Cefic established a dedicated group called ReachCentrum in 2006. Through their expertise, the ReachCentrum team are able to help INCOPA’s members navigate the REACH registration process. Producers of inorganic coagulants are covered by ReachCentrum’s Aluminium and Iron Salts REACH Consortium (known as AlFe).

The AlFe REACH Consortium registered 11 Joint Submissions before 1 December 2010. The submissions included classification and labelling proposals and a joint chemical safety report template.

One of the provisions of REACH is the Community Rolling Action Plan (CoRAP). Substances added to the CoRAP list are evaluated by a member state over a period of three years to determine their toxicity and whether restrictions are needed on the labelling or use of the substance. For example, aluminium sulfate has been added to the REACH CoRAP list and the substance will be reviewed by the French authorities by 2015. INCOPA has a task force in place to prepare for this review.