REACH SVHC Compliance
Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) is a European Union regulation enacted in December 2006, which addresses the production and use of chemical substances and their potential impacts on both human health and the environment.
Under Article 33 to REACH suppliers (anywhere in the EU supply chain) of articles containing Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) above the 0.1% w/w threshold must provide, at a minimum, the name of the substance contained in the article. As of August 2015, (as defined by Court of Justice of the European Union Case C-106/14) the definition of an article is any component in a complex article.
Claigan is the industry leader in REACH SVHC compliance for professional, medical, and consumer products. Our comprehensive, risk-based approach includes:
- Risk-based analysis and evaluation
- Screen testing of parts and materials by XRF and FTIR
- Laboratory testing of high risk parts and materials
- Updating declarations for new additions to the SVHC list
Claigan uses a risk-based approach that involves separating components and materials into categories based on low and high risk materials. For high risk materials (i.e. those that could contain an SVHC above 0.1% w/w of an article), Claigan engages in screening and evaluation. After screening and evaluation is complete, high risk parts are tested for specific substances as identified during the review. A final test report and REACH SVHC declaration is produced based on the definition of an article, the weights of the parts or materials relative to the weight of the corresponding article, and the identified SVHC concentrations.
Testing for every REACH SVHC in every material is neither cost-effective nor reasonable for most companies. Alternatively, the ‘grind’ method (grinding up a single product) is very misleading as it normally produces false failures due to the presence of forms of Pb, As, and B that are non-SVHC (ex: Pb in copper alloys, brass) or SVHC excluded (ex. B2O3 in borosilicate glass.)
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