This month, the European Union announced the addition of four new hazardous substances to its candidate list of Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) prompting SGS to alert product manufacturers and importers to their increasing responsibilities concerning the REACH Regulation.

Designed to help protect human health and the environment from the harmful effects of some chemical substances, REACH places responsibility on manufacturers and importers to manage the risks that chemicals, or consumer articles, may pose to public health and to the environment.

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) published the 21st batch of SVHC Candidate List in July 2019, introducing four new hazardous substances and bringing the total number to 201. The regulation requires that manufacturers and importers of articles to the EU must ensure that information concerning hazardous substances is communicated accurately along their supply chains, whatever the supply chain’s country of origin, to ensure the correct information is provided to ECHA.

The regulation applies to all chemicals – not only those used in industrial processes but also within everyday products, such as cleaning products and paints, or in articles such as clothes, furniture and electrical appliances.

Litto Tam, Senior Technical Services Executive: “REACH has been described at the most complex piece of legislation in EU history and its scope and intricacy mean it can be difficult for manufacturers and importers to navigate. To help manufacturers and importers stay in control of new green requirements, we continue to update and develop our REACH services so that organizations are equipped to test, audit and document their processes efficiently and effectively.”

The new regulations are designed to encourage:

  • Better risk management of chemicals during waste recovery
  • Promotion of non-toxic material cycles
  • Better consumer information to allow more informed choices on safer products
  • Increased pressure to replace substances of concern

For articles containing any SVHC (concentration above 0.1%(w/w)) included in the Candidate List, the EU manufacturer or importer is required to fulfil the obligations of notification and provide sufficient information on request to consumers within 45 days of receipt of this request. In addition, suppliers must notify ECHA about the SVHC in products if the concentration of a SVHC is above 0.1% (w/w) and the import quantity is above 1 tonne/year.

SGS offers a comprehensive suite of services, through its global network of laboratories and highly trained specialists, to help customers ensure their production and distribution systems support compliance to REACH legislation.

For further information contact:

Litto Tam
Senior Technical Services Executive
t: +852 27747187

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