After nearly a decade of drafting, discussion and negotiations, the EU adopted the REACH regulation in December 2006 and it entered into force on 1 June 2007 . Its aim is to improve the protection of human health and the environment from hazards of chemicals (including metals and their compounds).
The REACH regulation requires all manufacturers in Europe and importers into Europe of chemical substances to register detailed technical dossiers about each substance with the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA). The dossiers include their properties, assessing their impacts on environment and human health, and recommending risk reduction measures.
ITIA formed the Tungsten Consortium to assist companies in the tungsten industry to register their substances in accordance with REACH legislation.