REACH is a European Community (EC) safety regulation that deals with the registration, evaluation, authorization and restriction of chemical substances. Effective from 1 June 2007, REACH requires that manufacturers and importers register all substances they produce in and/or import to the EU in quantities ≥ 1 ton per year with the Helsinki-based European Chemicals Agency (ECHA).
As a European Union (EU) regulation, REACH fully applies to all member states.
REACH compliance poses a big challenge for most companies. It is a complex set of regulations that require extensive and specific technical competence and knowledge. As your experienced partner, TÜV Rheinland offers professional REACH services for the efficient REACH registration of your product´s chemical substances. We can assist you at each stage, providing consultancy and testing for manufacturers, distributors, and importers on all requirements for successful REACH registration.
We offer REACH services in cooperation with Luxcontrol, our REACH accreditation partner.
With TÜV Rheinland’s professional REACH services, you can:
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If you are a manufacturer or importer of one or more of the products listed below, you must complete REACH registration procedure prior to obtaining legal access to the EU market.
REACH stands for: the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals
Manufacturers or importers who manufacture and/or import substance(s) to the European Union (EU) in quantities of one ton or more per year OR import articles with substance(s) intended to be released in quantities of one ton or more per year must register those substance(s) with the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) by submitting a technical dossier detailing all physicochemical and toxicological properties of the chemicals involved and the safety measures required in handling them.
For substances contained in products that are imported or manufactured in quantities of more than 10 tons per year, a Chemical Safety Report (CSR) including exposure scenarios is also required for successful REACH registration.
The ECHA will review all REACH registration documents and may request additional information if deemed necessary.
Producers or importers of articles may need to notify the ECHA if there is any SVHC in said articles above a concentration of 0.1% by weight.
ECHA authorization is required for Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC). The list of substances subject to authorization includes those that fall into the following categories.
Authorization may be granted if there are no suitable alternative substances or technologies available and if the social and economic benefits outweigh the risks.
EU member states may propose restrictions on the manufacturing, marketing and use of certain dangerous substances and preparations. These may be subject to EC-wide restrictions if their use poses unacceptable risks to health or the environment (Annex XVII REACH).
The SVHC candidate list, which is part of EU REACH regulation, currently contains 84 chemical substances. The ECHA will later determine whether these substances should be added to the authorization list. All manufacturers, importers and retailers involved in EU markets are advised to ensure that their products are free from these SVHCs in order to avoid possible penalties and product recalls.
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