REACH testing methods recommended by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA)
Under the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemical
Substances (REACH) Regulations, restricted substances are only allowed to be manufactured,
placed on the market and used on their own, or in a mixture or product, if the conditions
of specific restrictions are met.
At the end of March 2016 the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) forum published
a compendium, which summarises around 100 recommended analytical methods for authorities
and industry to use when assessing compliance with REACH restrictions. The recommended
approaches to testing include those specified by ECHA as well as those published
by standards and used by technical organisations, regulators and laboratories.
Outcome of the report
ECHA has said that the compendium will be used to aid the on-going REACH-EN-FORCE
4 (REF-4) project, which focuses on the restriction of 14 specific substances including
phthalates and azocolourants. These substances, amongst others, can be found in
textiles, toys and jewellery, or used in glues.
How will business be affected?
Under Ref-4, inspections will be carried out throughout 2016 and ECHA will be
targeting a variety of parties that are affected by REACH, such as importers and
distributors of chemicals and products which may contain these substances. Therefore,
it’s wise to make sure that your business is prepared.
Determine your obligations
If you need to find out if your business is affected by REACH or would like a
review of your current REACH process please contact us. We offer a number of bespoke
REACH services including a REACH Compliance Manager online portal system. The portal
allows customers to view, review and manage REACH compliance within their supply
Advice and support
If you are new to REACH, need to know more about the regulations or you are simply
looking for some advice on REACH our support sessions may be of use to you. Our
next sessions are being held in May and October; we hope to see you there!
The results of the Ref-4 report are expected to be published in late 2017. Valpak
will update customers as soon as the project findings are publicly available, so
watch this space.
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