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Now that the number of substances included on the European Union's Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) Candidate List is up to 47 and counting, it is important to pay closer attention to requirements pertaining to substances of very high concern (SVHC). Article 7 of REACH requires producers, importers and suppliers of articles to notify the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) of the presence in articles of SVHCs that have been on the Candidate List for at least six months. Notifications for substances listed before Dec. 1, 2010, are due June 1, 2011. The current Candidate List is available online at this link.
This memorandum briefly summarizes the requirements that must be met by the fast approaching June deadline.
Criteria for Notification
Under REACH, every producer or importer of an "article" (an object as defined in Article 3(3) of REACH) must notify ECHA of the presence of any SVHCs in an article if both of the following conditions are met:
- The SVHC is present in those articles at a volume greater than 1 metric ton per manufacturer/importer per year (please note that this applies to the total sum of the SVHC in all articles and in the case of an importer includes supply of the substance from more than one supplier); and
- The SVHC is present in those articles above a concentration of 0.1 percent weight by weight (w/w).
Information to Be Submitted
The information to be submitted to the ECHA includes:
- The identity/contact details of the producer or importer;
- The registration number(s), where these are available;
- The identity of the substance;
- The classification of the substance(s);
- A brief description of the use(s) of the substance(s) in the article and of the uses of the article(s); and
- The tonnage range of the substance(s) (for example one to 10 tons or 10 to 100 tons).
The notification requirements are not applicable when:
- The producer or importer can exclude exposure to humans or the environment under normal or reasonably foreseeable conditions of use, including disposal. In such cases, the producer or importer has to supply appropriate instructions to the recipient of the article; and
- The substance has already been registered for that use.
The Registry of Intentions is available online at this link. The Summary of Obligations for SVHCs is available online at this link.