REACH and other legal requirements
We worked on the second registration phase of REACH in 2012. By the registration deadline of May 31, 2013, we will have registered around 600 substances produced or imported in quantities between 100 and 1,000 metric tons per year with the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA). We expect that the cost of implementing REACH will continue to average around €50 million per year.
When it comes to REACH, we are in close contact with our customers and suppliers. Another way in which BASF contributes to international chemical safety is through our support of the United Nations’ initiative to implement a Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals. In 2012, we introduced these new legal requirements for our sales products in Malaysia, South Africa and Switzerland; in Australia, Thailand and the United States, we began their implementation.