REACH

European Court of Justice ruling to impact REACH

European Court of Justice

The European Court of Justice has said that the 0.1% threshold for notifying Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs) in articles applies to “each of the articles incorporated as a component of a complex product” rather than the entire article. The court’s (The European Court of Justice) decision contradicts the view adopted by the European Commission and the European Chemicals ...

Calls for REACH and RoHS alignment

The same scientific assessment of the uses of chemical substances covered by REACH and RoHS should apply according to engineering trade organisation Orgalime. This would avoid legal uncertainty while, at the same time, industry stakeholders  should consider joint implementation through such as regular roundtable meetings.   Orgalime was responding to the REACH review published recently by the European Commission. This ...

ChemSec and Substitute it Now (SIN) 2.0

ChemSec, based in Sweden, which was founded in 2002 looks to achieve broad acceptance in society of the key chemical substance principles of precaution, substitution, polluter pays and right to know. ChemSec aim to highlight the health and environmental risks of hazardous substances and the urgent need to phase them out. The SIN (Substitute it Now) 2.0 list consists of ...

RoHS to adopt REACH approach?

The basis for RoHS and REACH substance restrictions are quite different. Restrictions in the original RoHS directive were based on hazards – if a substance is hazardous and there are alternatives, then it could be banned. REACH restrictions are introduced only if a risk to human health or the environment can be proven, it cannot be controlled and safer substitutes ...

ECHA recommends 8 SVHCs for authorisation

Happy New Year all The European Chemicals Agency has submitted to the European Commission a recommendation that eight chemical substances of very high concern should in future not be used without authorisation. Four of the substances are classified as both carcinogenic and toxic to reproduction, three as carcinogenic and one as toxic to reproduction. They are all used in processes ...

6 SVHCs finally added to REACH authorisation list

Earlier this year the European Commission’s industry and environment departments agreed on long-awaited guidance that paved the way for companies to seek authorisations for Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs) under the REACH regulations. The guidance had been delayed because the two departments had differing views on the requirements for applicants. Finally, it was agreed the applicants need not submit ...

MEPs frustrated by slow progress on SVHCs

According to ENDS Europe Members of the European Parliament are concerned at the time taken for REACH Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) to reach the Candidate List.   The European Parliament’s environment committee has questioned why there are only 29 substances on the Candidate List even though there are around 500 substances that meet the criteria for SVHCs.   ...

LED’s and legislation

Background Light emitting diodes or LEDs are increasingly used for lighting applications and in displays. This trend is due to research into brighter and more energy efficient devices that are able to compete with fluorescent lamps that contain small amounts of mercury. LED lighting is often used in homes, offices and also in vehicles. Several computer manufacturers now offer laptops ...

Article 33 – it’s not rocket science

With the REACH impact on industry growing seemingly every day, Article 33 must be the most used phrase of all at the minute. So just what does it refer to? According to Article 33(1), any supplier of an article containing Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs) on the Candidate List in concentrations exceeding 0.1% of the weight of the total ...

REACH – demands for information

If you are involved with the REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation -and restriction- of Chemicals)Regulations you may well be involved in a supply chain, and be concerned about the ever increasing demands for information around articles. As well as details around substances in articles, you might be asked to confirm what your company pre-registered and what your suppliers pre-registered. Downstream your ...