REACH Pre-Registration Deadline is Just 38 Days Away



    HOUSTON, TX, Oct. 24 /CNW/ - Intertek, a leading global provider of
quality and safety services, is experiencing a significant increase in REACH
Only Representative and (Pre)Registration Services requests worldwide as
companies rush to comply with the European Union (EU) REACH Pre-Registration
deadline of December 1, 2008.
    REACH compliance (Registration, Evaluation and Authorization of
Chemicals) affects all manufacturers, importers, distributors or users of
chemical substances or products in the EU. The EU requires all chemical
substances that are manufactured in or imported into the EU in amounts of over
1 tonne per year to be registered with the EU Chemicals Agency (ECHA).
    Dr. Ruud Overbeek with Intertek Health and Environmental Services said
"The impact of REACH on any product imported into or manufactured in the
European Union should not be underestimated. Any company doing business in the
EU should take urgent action to understand their REACH obligations and ensure
business continuity."
    The European Chemical Agency (ECHA) set a pre-registration timeline from
June, 2008 to November 30, 2008 allowing companies to maintain their business
until full registration requirements are met. Only companies with a legal
entity within the EU can register directly with the ECHA. Non-EU legal
entities must appoint an "Only Representative", a legal representation vested
in the EU, to register their chemical substances on their behalf.
    Due to the complexity of the regulation, many companies are still working
on defining their compliance strategy. With only 40 days before the deadline,
those with significant trade interest in the EU must hurry to meet the
requirements in order to avoid non-compliance and negative business impacts.
Companies rely upon Intertek's REACH expertise to help them meet current and
future REACH requirements.
    Intertek's global infrastructure of regulatory experts, project managers
and consultants is strategically positioned to provide customers a complete
solution for REACH compliance for a wide range of industries. Intertek is
helping a growing list of over 700 Clients with their REACH compliance
requirements and has pre-registered over 3500 chemicals substances.

    About Intertek

    Intertek (ITRK.L) is a leading provider of quality and safety solutions
serving a wide range of industries around the world. From auditing and
inspection, to testing, quality assurance and certification, Intertek people
are dedicated to adding value to customers' products and processes, supporting
their success in the global marketplace. Intertek has the expertise, resources
and global reach to support its customers through its network of more than
1,000 laboratories and offices and over 23,000 people in 110 countries around
the world. www.intertek.com





For further information:

For further information: Intertek Contacts: Intertek REACH Email:
reach@intertek.com, Intertek REACH Website: www.intertek.com/reach; Americas
and Asia Pacific: Salman Khan, Business Development Manager, (713) 407-3562;
Angelique Pereira, International Business Development Associate, (713)
407-3664; Europe, Middle East, Africa: Torben Norlem, Esq., Health and
Environmental Chief Counsel, +45 4582 4544

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