What is it?

REACH is the Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2006 concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals.

It came into force on 1 June 2007. Like more than 100,000 substances marketed in the EU, Industrial Minerals have to face new obligations under REACH. A number of Industrial Minerals are exempted from REACH registration obligations as they are “naturally occurring substances not chemically modified” (REACH Regulation, Annex V.7 on exemptions on the obligation to register).

For other Industrial Minerals which do fall under the scope of the REACH Regulation, IMA-Europe is managing REACH consortia and provides specific support to its members for the completion and submission of registration dossiers, notably via the IMA REACH Hub.

Implementation of REACH for lime

REACH will affect EU lime manufacturers in their capacity as manufacturers of a chemical substance, as downstream users and as importers of chemicals.

EuLA represents the majority of the European manufacturers of lime. As such, EuLA, acting as third party representative, has been appointed as Substance Information Exchange Forum (SIEF) Facilitator as well as lead registrant for the seven lime substances (see table) that are covered by the REACH Lime Consortium:

  • Calcium oxide (CaO)
  • Calcium dihydroxide (CaH2O2)
  • Calcium, magnesium oxide (CaMgO2)
  • Calcium magnesium tetrahydroxide (CaH4MgO4)
  • Dolomite calcined (CCaMgO4)
  • Calcium magnesium (di)hydroxide oxide (CaH2MgO3)
  • Lime (chemical) hydraulic