The new EU REACh regulation (Registration, Evaluation and Authorization of Chemicals) imposes the responsibility for safety in handling the processed substances and products on companies that bring the chemicals onto the market. REACh reorganizes the registration, evaluation, licensing and restriction of chemical substances and also rescinds the previously valid exemption rules for old substances. With the coming into effect of the regulation on June 1st 2007, manufacturers and importers throughout Europe must provide safety certificates for handling the chemicals which they process and distribute and provide safety recommendations for the entire added value chain, from the raw material, right up to disposal.
Reorganization triggers a huge demand for information. Experts estimate that between 30,000 and 100,000 substances must be classified in detail, in relation to toxicity and production rate. The "first marketers", as German public authorities refer to the affected companies, are obligated to gather all information for evaluating raw materials and products and to base their handling recommendations and documentation on this data. With this, high-quality technical information sources, such as the thermophysical Infotherm® database, the ChemInform RX reaction database and additional specific technical quality databases from FIZ CHEMIE Berlin can provide valuable assistance. In cooperation with renowned international partners, FIZ CHEMIE Berlin has been selectively documenting specialist technical information from chemistry and its associated fields in databases for more than 25 years. Today, the information service provider has enormous collections containing literature references, as well as data and facts on chemical substances and reactions, available electronically. FIZ CHEMIE Berlin has developed specialized search engines for seeking information on the Internet. During the search, these exclusively access evaluated Internet sources, which results in high-quality answers. The offers of the non-profit institution for business and science are partly free of charge and partly subject to a fee.Infotherm® provides thermophysical parameters on chemical substances
ChemInform® provides brief descriptions of syntheses, methods and processes, in a highly compromised form, which are described in approx. 200 international specialist publications. This data is prepared electronically, using high-performance software, so that information can be accessed in a very targeted manner. In this way, ChemInform® offers, among other things, the simulation of various alternatives for synthesis planning. In relation to fulfilling REACh, these functions can be used, for example, in seeking alternative components for the elimination of toxicological or other critical interim stages in the production chain, which could possibly lead to problems with licensing. http://www.cheminform.com/Guides provide a good overview of information sources on toxicology
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