The final text of the Registration Evaluation Authorisation of Chemicals Regulation (EC/1907/2006) was published in December 2006. This Regulation introduced a complete revision of the chemicals' control legislation. REACH entered into force on 1 June 2007 and applies to all 27 Member States of the EU and the EEA-EFTA countries (Norway, Iceland and Lichtenstein). Its main aim is to ensure a high level of protection for human health and environment from the effects of chemicals. In order to support the industry to comply with the REACH Regulation, the Nickel Institute has launched the Nickel REACH Consortia in 2007. For more information please visit: www.nickelconsortia.eu.