REACH is an acronym that stands for 'Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and Restriction of Chemicals.’ REACH came into effect on 1 June 2007 with regulation (EC) No. 1907/2006 by the European Parliament under the European Union.
REACH applies to only substances manufactured or imported into the European Union in quantities exceeding 1 tonne per year or more. Many companies who are unsure if they break this threshold will go ahead and register their substances to minimize risk. Let's dive in.
Step 1: Product Information Collection and Analysis
Through engagement with your in-scope suppliers, start collecting all information pertaining to the material makeup of your product. Data collection is a bit of a science in itself - As the regulation evolves, companies take one of two different approaches: Full Materials Disclosure collection, Document based collection.
Step 2: Registration of Substances
Once you’ve collected your product substance information, you can then register your substances of very high concern (SVHC’s) with the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA). The ECHA encourages you to collaborate with other companies in your industry who are registering the same substances.
Step 3: European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) Registration Evaluation
The ECHA receives and evaluates individual registrations in terms of their compliance while different EU member states evaluate select substances in regards to local concerns on human health and the environment. ECHA’s scientific committees then assess the risks, if any, for the substances registered.
Step 4: Ruling on Substances by the ECHA
If the relevant committees find hazardous substances in the samples provided, they can either decide to restrict the use, or ban the substance as a whole. In an effort to not put a chokehold on a product category, the ECHA will usually advise on substitution with another product.
Step 5: REACH Certification
If the ECHA and supporting committees come to a compliance determination, you will be issued with a certificate of REACH compliance, also referred to as a “Certificate of Conformity” or “Declaration of Conformity” after your registration process.
REACH Compliance Guide
To officially become REACH regulation compliant, your product information must be submitted to the European Chemical Agency (ECHA). This white paper dives into the lead up to registration - internal steps to take, tips on best practices, and how to ultimately be successful at EU REACH compliance.
Without proof of compliance, businesses may not be as attractive to other global brands; it is highly likely that these brands are bound to their own country’s REACH regulations. Adherence to environmental standards also drives operational efficiency.
In order to comply with REACH, companies need to exert tighter process control and maintain extensive documentation, resulting in higher production efficiency and quality. Companies must also communicate effectively throughout their supply chains, which provides managers and engineers the transparency and knowledge to truly control and own their operations. Click here to download our guide to REACH compliance in 2019.
How Can You Ease the REACH Reporting Burden?
REACH reporting puts the burden of identification of Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC’s) within the supply chain on the producer or retailer. This can be complicated for the end producer or retailer who do not have the information on the material makeup from the companies higher up in the supply chain.
We've built the Source Intelligence compliance platform to accept a variety of chemical documents. This hybrid approach minimizes the burden of reporting on the supplier, which eases supply chain communication and allows you to get timely, accurate data. Click below to learn more about the advantages of using our platform for REACH compliance.
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