— July 16th, 2019
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced that 4 new substances have been added to the EU REACH regulation. The decision to add the substances is due to their effects on reproduction, human health and negative effects on the environment.
The four substances that were added:
- Methoxyethyl Acetate
- Tris phosphite
- 2,3,3,3 – Tetrafluoro-2
The uses of the four substances vary, but in general are used in:
- Dissolving oils
- Coating of products
- Paint sealants
- Antioxidant to stabilise polymers
REACH is an acronym that stands for ‘Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and Restriction of Chemicals.’ REACH came into effect on 1 June 2007 with regulation (EC) No. 1907/2006 by the European Parliament under the European Union.
Without proof of compliance, businesses may not be as attractive to other global brands; it is highly likely that these brands are bound to their own country’s REACH regulations. Adherence to environmental standards also drives operational efficiency.
In order to comply with REACH, companies need to exert tighter process control and maintain extensive documentation, resulting in higher production efficiency and quality. Companies must also communicate effectively throughout their supply chains, which provides managers and engineers the transparency and knowledge to truly control and own their operations. Click here to download our guide to REACH compliance in 2019.
REACH is a complex regulation – your requirements for compliance vary depending on your position in the supply chain. There are, however, some best practices you can use to properly comply with REACH. Check out our 5 step guide to REACH compliance, here.