REACH is a European Union regulation for the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and restriction of Chemicals. Importantly, it applies to substances (in pure form), mixtures, and so-called articles, such as a monitor, a piece of furniture, or a packaging item.
In summary, to comply with REACH, producers or importers must:
- Assess their products against the presence of SVHCs. Indeed, producers or importers should communicate the articles containing any SVHC above the threshold of 0.1% w/w at the component level. To ease such public notification, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has developpes a SCIP database.
- Verify their products meet the REACH Annex XVII requirements. This list provides substances restrictions or prohibitions in various applications or articles. It should be noted that ECHA regularly publishes amendments to the REACH Annex XVII.
- Finally, like RoHS and other requirements, keep records and maintain their REACH documentation.