A NEW APPROACH TO IMPLEMENT THE REACH DIRECTIVE IN ENGINEERING DESIGN
The REACh regulation (Registration, Evaluation and Authorization of Chemicals) has to be applied since 01/06/2007 (mandatory from 01/06/2009) by all the companies in Europe. It gives a new framework to better manage substances used in production, but also to design new products and to upgrade current products. Companies have to react quickly to adapt their industrial procedures to this regulation and their products to the evolving market without waiting for the deadlines in order secure their business. The paper aims at proposing a new engineering design approach to support the regulation and throughout the whole product development. A specific tool has been developed to support it and is implemented in a French company.