The European Union ( EU) has modernized the European law on chemicals and established REACH, an integrated system of registration, evaluation, authorization and restriction of chemicals.
It aims to improve protection of human health and the environment while maintaining the competitiveness and enhancing the innovative spirit of the European chemical industry.
Reach & RoHS
The European RoHS Directive (2002 /95 / EC) aims to limit the use of six hazardous substances. It is complemented by the 2008 directive on waste (Directive 2008 /98 / EC) that aims to homogenize national regulations still differ in Europe on the "principle of producer responsibility " ( incorporating the polluter pays principle " may lead to substantial disparities in the financial burden on economic operators. the differences between national policies on the management of WEEE hampers the effectiveness of recycling policies. for that reason, the essential criteria should be set at the Union and minimum standards for the treatment of WEEE should be developed . "