REACH regulation and SVHC list
REACH is the acronym of Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals. The REACH Regulation has come into force on 1 June 2007 and serves the purpose of rationalising and improving the previous regulatory framework on chemical substances in the European Union (EU), and it does so through the "SVHC list", being one of its key instruments.
REACH has also instituted the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), playing a key role in coordinating and implementing the entire process. The ECHA is based in Helsinki (Finland) and has the mandate to manage the registration, evaluation, authorisation and restriction processes involving chemicals, for the purpose of guaranteeing EU-wide consistency.
The continuous and rapid evolution of the REACH (European Regulation concerning the registration, evaluation, authorisation and restriction of chemicals) provides for the periodical update of the Candidate List where the extremely concerning (SVHC substances) substances are listed.
Extremely concerning substances (REACH Regulation, Section 57) are made to include all substances:
- Carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic for reproduction (CMR), classified either in category 1 or category 2;
- Persistent, bioaccumulative or toxic (PBT) or very persistent and very bioaccumulative (vPvB) based on the criteria set out in Annex XIII of the REACH Regulation;
- For which severe effects on human health or the environment have been scientifically proven as those described above, for instance disrupting the endocrine system.
It is important, then, when referring to a Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) of a product, to know that this list is available, in order to have the opportunity to verify whether such "extremely concerning" substances are indeed present in the product.
Please find annexed the statement issued by the Group, which you may use for all legal purposes, regarding our compliance with the provided regulatory obligations.
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