The European Union REACH regulation places responsibility on industry, not government, to demonstrate the safety of chemical substances and to manage the risks that chemicals may pose to human health and to the environment.

Spirit AeroSystems REACH compliance

The European Union REACH regulation (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals) (Regulation (EC) No. 1907/2006) was adopted in December 2006 with an effective date of June 1, 2007. REACH legislation puts all responsibility on industry, not government, to demonstrate the safety of chemical substances and to manage the risks that chemicals may pose to human health and to the environment. Spirit has begun its compliance process and is assisting in the education of its suppliers regarding REACH legislation.

Suppliers should find out their responsibilities under REACH if they:

  • manufacture or import chemical substances or mixtures of chemical substances (preparations).
  • produce or import articles (for example, construction materials, electronic components, vehicles, aerospace components, etc.) which contain substances included in a list of "substances of very high concern" or which are released during their use.
  • process chemicals or you formulate preparations for end use (for example, cleaning or etching products, paints, lubricants, etc.) or use these formulated products professionally.

Preparing to manage this new legislation will likely put demands on your company, including your own suppliers, and will involve nearly all aspects for your business -- not just your supply chain. There are likely to be considerable administrative and technical tasks associated with this activity. At Spirit we understand that it is of key importance to take advantage of the preregistration option available in REACH. Taking advantage of this allows for a transitional period to the registration process and allows continued production and use of substances, depending upon annual tonnage, until 2010 to 2018. It is understood that without registration, substances cannot be marketed in the European Union.

Please take the time to research the REACH legislation and please submit your contact information via our link_icon REACH Contact Information Submission form.

pdf_icon REACH compliance FAQ for Spirit suppliers 

If you have questions regarding REACH please direct your e-mail to reach@spiritaero.com.

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