The new European chemicals legislation, REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals) entered into force on 1 June 2007. REACH requires the registration over a period of 11 years of some 30,000 chemical substances in use today. The registration process will fill in the information gaps on hazards, and identify appropriate risk management measures for these chemical substances. The onus will be on industry to generate the data required. REACH is managed by the new European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) which started operations with the entry into force of REACH. The Agency also coordinates the evaluation process and can authorise the use of substances of “very high concern” (VHC).