The countdown is on to the REACH May 2018 deadline – make Chemex your regulatory testing partner to help you REACH your goal!

The final REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals) deadline for substances produced or imported in the EU in the 1-100 tonnes per year bracket is fast approaching. Don’t be caught out – we are seeing significant increases in the levels of work in the CRO industry and time scales for performing testing are extending. Don’t delay starting the process – there is much work to be done before you even broach the laboratory testing requirements, followed by further dossier completion and submission.

As the Phase 3, May 2018 deadline is relevant to low production volume substances it will mean many more SME’s are going to be involved in the regulatory process than with the previous phases in 2010 and 2013. It is likely that many of these organisations may not have had previous experience of registering substances with ECHA (European Chemicals Agency) and many may need assistance from expert regulatory consultants and experienced CRO’s.

Ask yourself; have you made a clear business plan to include all your regulatory obligations? Have you set a budget? Have you laid out a realistic timeframe for completion? If you are not confident that you have the appropriate expertise in-house, have you identified appropriate partners to assist you in navigating the complex regulatory system? Assessing costs and timescales early on may allow you to decide on the viable options for the business to move forward with. It may be that for some low volume substances the expense may be prohibitive, thus not cost effective for the business to continue with.

Do not underestimate the significant challenge ahead, the REACH deadline of 31 May 2018 may seem some way off, but don’t be fooled. Assess your responsibilities now and start preparations to ensure you fulfil your regulatory obligations in time.

To assist with the REACH process, ECHA (European Chemicals Agency) has produced a toolkit – the following links may be useful in understanding more about how REACH may affect your organisation: and

Chemex is proud to be celebrating its 30th anniversary year in 2017. The business has evolved over the years to our current status as a well-respected, GLP Compliant Ecotoxicology Laboratory offering high quality laboratory services to a range of industries worldwide. Our services cover a broad spectrum and include both Freshwater Ecotoxicology (for REACH) and Marine Ecotoxicology (suitable for OSPAR/OCNS registrations) testing against a range of species. A wide selection of Environmental Fate studies are also on offer. In addition, many Physico-Chemical properties can be determined, as required for REACH registrations. We have a range of instrumentation in-house, available to provide GLP compliant analytical support for studies.

Chemex works to internationally recognised guidelines including OECD, OPPTS, PARCOM, JMAFF and ISO with studies performed in support of new chemical registrations, REACH requirements, data gap filling and other non-regulatory purposes.

Chemex has been an associate member of EOSCA (European Oilfield Speciality Chemicals Association) for many years, we therefore have considerable experience in dealing with chemicals for the Oilfield sector. Should you require any assistance with the testing of substances in this area for OSPAR/OCNS purposes, please contact us for further information on costs and timescales.

We have built our reputation by providing a competitively priced, reliable service and believe that we offer a personal approach that can be lost with larger organisations. At Chemex, we know that good communication is key and our staff are encouraged to work closely with clients at every stage of a project to ensure we are meeting their requirements. Our Study Directors are available to assist with technical queries regarding studies at any stage and we believe that a high level of client contact is crucial.

Having gained a wealth of experience over the years, our team are able to assist with your REACH testing requirements. We can help you to achieve your goals in a timely manner and partner you through your regulatory journey to REACH compliance. It is important for the future of your business to implement your REACH plan without delay.

For further details on Chemex capabilities and how we can help you to move forward with your REACH testing plans, please visit our website or contact us on for a competitive quotation.

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