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 of very high concern (SVHC), and their potential impacts on both human health and the environment.
Under recent amendment Article 33 to REACH SVHC legislation, suppliers (anywhere in the EU supply chain) of articles containing Candidate List substances above the 0.1% w/w threshold must provide safe-use information to the recipient and (upon request) to consumers, including, as a minimum, the name of the substance.
Claigan is the industry leader in REACH SVHC compliance for professional, medical, and consumer products. Our comprehensive, risk-based approach includes:
- Risk-based analysis, data gathering and evaluation
- Screen testing of parts and materials
- Laboratory testing of high risk parts and materials
- Updating of 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, 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 related 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 exempted (ex. B2O3 in borosilicate glass.)
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