REACH

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

REACH entered into force on 1 June 2007. You will find further information on the EU Regulation 1907/2006 by following the link to the website of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA).

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.

SCIP is the database for information on Substances of Concern In articles as such or in complex objects (Products) established under the Waste Framework Directive (WFD). The SCIP database ensures that the information about the presence of SVHCs is available throughout the whole life cycle of products and materials, including at the waste stage.

According to the regulation (REACH 2006/1907) and the valid guidelines of the ECHA we are allowed to register so-called product families. As of 5 January 2021, all our product families are registered in the SCIP database. We will be happy to provide you with the corresponding SCIP IDs and product family names on request.

We are in close contact with our suppliers and immediately comply with our obligation to report if other substances on the candidate list are contained in our product families in a corresponding concentration. All notifications are entered directly into the SCIP database. Up-to-date information is continuously made available here on our official homepage.

A company-wide statement can be downloaded below. All information is based on our current knowledge and will be updated immediately if new SVHC substances are added to the candidate list or if we become aware that further relevant substances are contained in our products.

Download Reach Information Letter