REACH and Pesticides: What U.S. Exporters May Not Realize
Pesticide manufacturers and formulators who export to the European Union must not fall into the trap of assuming that the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) regulation applies only to the chemical industry. The authors of this article say manufacturers and formulators can be expected to experience first hand REACH’s impact and need to become ready. Inert ingredients in pesticide formulations are subject to REACH, as are nonpesticidal uses of active ingredients. With a preregistration period now less than eight months away, information requests can be expected soon from pesticide exporters’ European customers, who need to assess their own potential registration obligations as importers of inert ingredients. This article discusses these aspects of REACH and outlines what pesticide formulators and others need to know about the new regulation.