REACH

REACH stands for Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals.

It entered into force on 1 June 2007.
Further information on the EU Regulation 1907/2006 can be found under following link to the website of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA): http://echa.europa.eu/regulations/reach

GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT REACH:

Registration: Companies have the responsibility of collecting information on the properties and the uses of substances that they manufacture or import at or above one tonne per year. They also have to make an assessment of the hazards and potential risks presented by the substance.
Evaluation: ECHA and the Member States evaluate the information submitted by companies to examine the quality of the registration dossiers and the testing proposals and to clarify if a given substance constitutes a risk to human health or the environment.
Authorisation: The authorisation procedure aims to assure that the risks from Substances of Very High Concern are properly controlled and that these substances are progressively replaced by suitable alternatives while ensuring the good functioning of the EU internal market.
Restriction: Restrictions are a tool to protect human health and the environment from unacceptable risks posed by chemicals. Restrictions may limit or ban the manufacture, placing on the market or use of a substance.
In principle, REACH applies to all chemical substances; not only those used in industrial processes but also in our day-to-day lives, for example in cleaning products, paints as well as in articles such as clothes, furniture and electrical appliances. Therefore, the regulation has an impact on most companies across the EU.

COMMUNICATION ALONG THE SUPPLY CHAIN:

Substances of very high concern: The identification of a substance as a Substance of Very High Concern (SVHC) and its inclusion in the Candidate List creates certain legal obligations for the importers, producers and suppliers of an article that contains such a substance. Link to the current SVHC List.

REACH defines an article as an object which during production is given a special shape, surface or design that determines its function to a greater degree than its chemical composition. According to REACH, articles are for example; t-shirts, flooring and plastic packaging but also printed circuit boards, therefor please see the classification of pcbs supported by ZVEI:

Download ZVEI document

If an article contains a SVHC above 0,1% w/w, REACH will require the supplier of the article to provide information for a safe use of the article to the customer.
We are in a close contact with our suppliers and will inform immediately if any substances of very high concern are contained in our pcbs in future. For the time being our pcbs do not contain any SVHC above 0,1%.
A corporate statement can be downloaded below. This statement is based on the current state of knowledge and will be updated in case we need to follow our information duties according to the REACH regulation.

Download REACH Information Letter

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:

Thomas Rossmann – REACH Coordinator

t.rossmann@at.ats.net