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The Issue

REACH stands for the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and restriction of Chemicals. It is the way in which the EU regulates the use of chemicals in Europe.

We believe that small businesses, like large companies, have a duty to protect human life and the environment. We agree that potentially dangerous chemicals need to be regulated and controlled.

For small businesses which produce, import or distribute chemicals, complying with REACH takes up a huge amount of time, cost and human resources. Unlike large companies, they simply do not have the in-house expertise and financial resources to deal with this process.

Action FSB have taken

  • We’re lobbying for a wide-ranging monitoring programme to show the impact of complying with REACH, on the competitiveness of small firms.
  • We’re calling for easier to understand guidance on complying with REACH, specifically tailored for small businesses.

Our Goal

We want small businesses to have access to clear and practical guidance on how to comply with REACH. This includes the new requirements that come into force in May 2018. For more info, visit the ECHA website. As previous deadlines for compliance have shown, small firms are often unaware of the changes or face costly and laborious processes to meet the requirements.

Achievements in...



  • We’ve raised the concerns of small businesses with the Director of REACH.

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