Since 2007, The European legislation on chemicals, REACH (Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals) has applied. The purpose of REACH is to improve the protection of human health and the environment through the better and earlier identification of the intrinsic properties of chemical substances.
Under REACH, printers are ‘downstream users’. Downstream users should support the safe use of chemicals – which can be found in pigments, dye colorants, varnishes, adhesives, cleaning agents, dampening solutions, inks - by implementing safe use at their own site and communicating relevant information both to their suppliers and their customers.
INTERGRAF is one of the founding associations of CheMI (European platform for chemicals using manufacturing industries) which is a channel for the downstream users of chemicals in article producing industries to voice their concerns and contribute to the successful implementation of REACH.