Posted Posted in English, Nanomaterials, Plastics, REACH Regulation, Substances & mixtures

We do! There are various processes established under REACH of which public consultation is an integral part. Public consultations are organised by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) or the Member States to get feedback from all interested parties and collect the widest possible range of scientific information to support decision making. Here, we will outline […]

Posted Posted in English, Nanomaterials, Plastics, REACH Regulation, Substances & mixtures

A substance is subject to authorisation when it is included in the Authorisation List (REACH Annex XIV). REACH stimulates the gradual substitution of Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs) by less dangerous alternatives or technologies, where technically and economically feasible. To this end, ECHA frequently assesses the substances on the “Candidate List” to determine which […]

Posted Posted in English, Nanomaterials, Plastics, REACH Regulation, Substances & mixtures

SVHC stands for “Substance of Very High Concern”. Substances may be identified as SVHCs when they: meet the criteria for classification as carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic for reproduction (CMR) category 1A or 1B in accordance with the CLP Regulation. are Persistent, Bioaccumulative and Toxic (PBT) or very Persistent and very Bioaccumulative (vPvB) according to REACH […]

Posted Posted in Biocides, Cosmetics, Detergents, English, Nanomaterials, Plastics, REACH Regulation, SDS, Substances & mixtures, Vape products

When asked, companies generally respond with: “Of course we are downstream user! We purchase our chemicals from Supplier X.” Nonetheless, further examination frequently reveals that Supplier X is a non-European company, and as such, does not have any REACH responsibilities. In order to relieve their European customers of the regulatory obligation to register the imported […]

Posted Posted in Detergents, English, Nanomaterials, Plastics, REACH Regulation, SDS, Substances & mixtures, Vape products

Distributors and re-branders (and retailers and storage providers) do not have a standard REACH role as “manufacturer”, “importer” or “downstream user”. Nonetheless, they do have obligations under REACH. Although consumers are technically end-users, they are not downstream users under REACH and hence have no regulatory obligations. To categorise as a REACH distributor, you may only […]

Posted Posted in Cosmetics, Detergents, English, Nanomaterials, Plastics, REACH Regulation, SDS, Substances & mixtures, Vape products

To categorise as a downstream user (DU) under REACH, you must source the substances you use from a company that has registered these chemicals. The most common categories of DUs are: Formulators, who produce mixtures which are usually supplied further downstream (e.g. paints, adhesives and detergents). Producers of articles, who incorporate substances or mixtures into […]

Posted Posted in English, Nanomaterials, Plastics, REACH Regulation, Substances & mixtures

Companies that manufacturer or import chemical substances in quantities above 1 tonne are responsible for demonstrating how substances can be used safely. To this end, they must collect information regarding the physical chemical properties, hazard profile and uses of their substances. If a substance is identified to be hazardous, a Chemical Safety Assessment (CSA) must […]