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June 6, 2018
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Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany Completes Third and Final Registration Phase under the European Chemicals Regulation REACH
  • More than 1,000 registration dossiers successfully submitted for safe use

Darmstadt, Germany, June 6, 2018 — Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, a leading science and technology company, today announced that it has successfully submitted a total of more than 1,000 registration dossiers under the European chemicals regulation REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals) by the end of the third and final registration deadline of May 31, 2018. This process also includes substances from Sigma-Aldrich, which were added to the existing portfolio of the businesses of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany as a result of the largest acquisition in the company’s 350-year history.

“Through the successful completion of the requested registrations, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany presents itself as a reliable and competent partner to its customers and products sold by its businesses comply with current requirements under REACH,” said Robert Nass, Senior Vice President, Quality and Regulatory Management at the Life Science business sector, and Andreas Kruse, Executive Vice President, Integrated Supply Chain at the Performance Materials business sector.

The registrations aim to ensure the safe use of chemicals in the marketplace. The basis for this is an extensive substance dossier. This dossier contains data on physico-chemical, toxicological and ecotoxicological properties, as well as on the use of a substance.

Even though the final registration deadline for REACH has been successfully met, REACH activities are not completed with the end of this transition period. New substances must be continuously registered and already existing registration dossiers constantly updated, or expanded by new data in the course of evaluations. This continues to ensure safe use of the substances as well as sustainable and responsible marketability of the products.

About the Life Science Business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany
The Life Science business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, which operates as MilliporeSigma in the U.S. and Canada, has 20,000 employees and 60 manufacturing sites worldwide, with a portfolio of more than 300,000 products enabling scientific discovery. Udit Batra is the global chief executive officer of MilliporeSigma.

Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany completed its $17 billion acquisition of Sigma-Aldrich in November 2015, creating a leader in the $125 billion global life science industry.

Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany is a leading company for innovative and top-quality high-tech products in healthcare, life science and performance materials. The company has five businesses – Biopharmaceuticals, Consumer Health, Allergopharma, Life Science and Performance Materials – and generated sales of €15.3 billion in 2017. Almost 53,000 employees work in 66 countries to improve the quality of life for patients, to foster the success of customers and to help meet global challenges.

Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany is the world’s oldest pharmaceutical and chemical company – since 1668, the company has stood for innovation, business success and responsible entrepreneurship. Holding an approximately 70 percent interest, the founding family remains the majority owner of the company to this day. The company holds the global rights to the name and the trademark “Merck” internationally except for the United States and Canada, where the company operates as EMD Serono, MilliporeSigma and EMD Performance Materials.