How to learn more about your obligations under REACHDate: 01 January 2007
The European Chemical Agency's Navigator tool is designed to help manufacturers, importers, downstream users, distributors of chemical substances, and producers or importers of articles to figure out their obligations under REACH
Navigator will provide a list of obligations for a given substance, based on the answers given to a series of questions based on:
- whether you manufacture or import the substance;
- whether the substance is classified as dangerous, etc.
How it works
Navigator will ask a series of questions concerning your chemical substance. The sequence of questions depends on the answers to the previous questions. It is important to answer them correctly otherwise Navigator will give an incorrect list of obligations. (It is highly recommended to read the explanations below each question carefully before answering.)
You need to run a Navigator session for each substance separately as the questions might differ from substance to substance. Therefore, before using Navigator, identify all the substances you are dealing with, or a selection of substances for which you want to run a session (REACH applies to all substances, whether on their own, in a preparation or in an article).
At the end of the session, the user can find out the list of obligations which apply to him, by clicking on the 'obligation' button or by checking the 'History'. From this list of obligations, the user will be linked to the relevant information in the legislation and in the guidance documents where more details can be found.
The explanations for all the questions which Navigator can ask are also available in a single document, the 'Guidance for the Navigator', which can be downloaded at:
In some cases it might be difficult to answer a question. If the guidance is insufficient, it is advisable to consult IOM.
Click here to go to the ECHA's Navigator tool.