REACH Strategic Plan pdf [1.87 MB]

REACH, which stands for the "Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation, and Restriction of Chemicals," is a European Union (EU) regulation that results in the ban of certain chemicals and the restriction of others within the EU. REACH poses risks for the Department of Defense (DoD) supply chain, its industrial base, and warfighting mission to include: reduced access to mission-critical substances; unanticipated impacts to weapon system performance due to manufacturers' use of substitute substances; and disruptions to the standardization and interoperability of U.S. and North Atlantic Treaty Organization equipment. The consequences of REACH extend beyond the EU and may impact the defense industrial base.

This 2016 plan supersedes the plan signed in July 2010 and reflects changes in the REACH regulation and in DoD organization roles and responsibilities, and streamlines its implementation.

The purpose of REACH: A Strategic Plan/or Managing Chemicals, Materials, and Impacts on Readiness (attached) is to protect military readiness by: (1) identifying the strategies and solutions that must be executed to minimize adverse impacts from the REACH regulation; (2) assigning responsibilities for implementation to the appropriate DoD offices and personnel; and (3) requiring the Components to develop a communications framework.

The plan's goals and objectives are designed to: ( 1) protect the availability and use of REACH-regulated, mission-critical substances; (2) ensure the performance of substitute products that are adopted because of REACH; (3) guard against REACH-related disruptions to defense supply chains; (4) minimize impacts to Foreign Military Sales; and (5) develop and implement a REACH communications strategy.