Ludwigshafen, Germany - BASF has pre-registered around 40 000 chemicals with ECHA (the European Chemicals Agency) by the 1 Dec deadline set under REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation, and Restriction of Chemicals). The deadline marks the end of the first stage of REACH, which came into force in June 2007.
Substances that have not been pre-registered are not allowed to be manufactured in, or imported to the EU from the end of the pre-registration until their final registration.
"We went into this process well prepared," said Ulrich von Deesen, head of the BASF Competence Center Environment, Health and Safety. "The effort has paid off - all our substances have been pre-registered on schedule," he added in the 2 Dec company statement.
BASF estimates that implementing REACH will cost the company up to Euro 550 million ($706 million) by the final implementation deadline in 2018.