REACH Compliance Testing

Our experts will help you develop a strategic approach to REACH compliance

Our experts will help you develop a strategic approach to REACH compliance

About the REACH regulation in the European Union

REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and restriction of Chemicals) (Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006) is the EU’s chemicals regulation. REACH aims to ensure a high level of protection for human health and the environment, promote the free circulation of chemicals on the EU market, and enhance competitiveness and innovation. The REACH Regulation requires companies to report on chemicals used in their products and throughout the supply chain.

Important note: Now that the United Kingdom has left the European Union, UK REACH has come into law. There are many similarities and some differences between UK REACH and EU REACH. You can find out more by viewing our on-demand webinar.

Products covered under reach

REACH is comprehensive in its scope; it covers nearly all commercial products that are not food, feed, or medicine. Consumer products such as electrical and electronic products, clothing and footwear, toys, and health and beauty products all fall within the scope of REACH. This means it also applies to products already regulated by product-specific regulations such as the RoHS Directive (2011/65/EU) on the restriction of hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment, the Toy Directive (2009/48/EC), and the Cosmetic Regulation (EC No. 1223/2009).

your reach obligations

REACH has put the responsibility of demonstrating product safety onto those who place products on the EU market.

  • For products manufactured in the EU, this responsibility falls on the EU manufacturer and downstream user. 
  • Non-EU manufacturers have no direct compliance responsibilities, therefore the job of ensuring REACH compliance of imported products falls onto the EU importer. However, many EU importers may insist that non-EU manufacturers comply with REACH Regulations.
    • Only persons or companies established in the EU may submit a REACH registration. A non-EU company with no EU presence may do so by appointing an Only Representative (OR) to act on its behalf.

Your REACH obligations are determined by your product’s classification under REACH and your role(s) within its supply chain. A company may play multiple roles under REACH: manufacturer, downstream user, importer, distributor and/or retailer.

Our Reach Compliance testing services

TÜV SÜD can help your company navigate the complexity of REACH, correctly identify your obligations, and provide services and solutions to help you meet those obligations.

Our comprehensive services include a full range of registration support such as:

  • Registration dossier preparation
  • Chemical safety report preparation and GHS/CLP-related services
  • Chemical testing (restricted substances, substances of very high concern (SVHC)
  • Training (in-house training and supplier training)

Frequently asked questions about reach compliance

  • What is REACH?

    REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and restriction of Chemicals) (Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006) is the EU’s chemicals regulation. REACH aims to ensure a high level of protection for human health and the environment, promote the free circulation of chemicals on the EU market, and enhance competitiveness and innovation. 

    The REACH Regulation requires companies to report on chemicals used in their products and throughout the supply chain. To comply with the regulation, companies must identify and manage the risks linked to the substances they manufacture and market in the EU. 

  • What is UK REACH?

    Now that the United Kingdom has left the European Union, UK REACH has come into law. There are many similarities and differences in the requirements for hazardous substances in articles under EU and UK REACH. You can find out more here.

  • Who is affected by REACH?

    Any person or company producing, importing or processing a chemical substance is affected by REACH.

  • What is REACH Registration?

    Companies manufacturing or importing chemical substances above one tonne a year are responsible for collecting information on the properties and uses of the substances they. They are also required to assess the hazards and potential risks presented by the substance.

    A registration dossier containing the hazard information and, where relevant, an assessment of the risks that the use of the substance may pose and how these risks should be controlled, is submitted to ECHA.

    Registration applies to substances on their own, substances in mixtures and certain cases of substances in articles. Registration is based on the "one substance, one registration" principle. This means that manufacturers and importers of the same substance have to submit their registration jointly.

  • Who needs to register?
    • EU manufacturer or importer of substances on their own or in a mixture
    • EU producer or importer of articles meeting the criteria explained in the Guidance on requirements for substances in articles
    • "Only representative" established in the EU and appointed by a manufacturer, formulator or article producer established outside the EU to fulfil the registration obligations of importers
  • What is an Only Representative?

    As only a person or company established in the EU may submit a REACH registration, a non-EU company that wishes to register a chemical substance may do so by appointing an Only Representative (OR) to act on its behalf.

  • What is REACH Evaluation?

    The REACH evaluation provisions give ECHA the responsibility to check whether registrations are in compliance with the requirements of this Regulation. Evaluation focusses on:

    • Examination of testing proposals submitted by registrants
    • Compliance check of the dossiers submitted by registrants
    • Substance evaluation
  • What is REACH Authorization?

    Authorization aims to eliminate or effectively control risks from chemicals that are particularly harmful to the human health or the environment. It is a process divided into two main stages, with each stage requiring different actors in the supply chain to carry out certain obligations:

    • A substance has been identified as a Substance of Very High Concern (SVHC) and is listed in the Candidate List. If a SVHC is present above 0.1% by weight, this information is immediately communicated to the customer in the supply chain. A consumer may also request this information from the retailer and this information must be provided within 45 days. For SVHCs that are present in articles above 0.1% by weight and above 1 tonne/year, notification to the ECHA may be necessary. The Candidate List is updated twice per year. 
    • Substances on the Candidate List are then prioritized to be included in the Authorization List (Annex XIV). Unless an authorization has been granted, an SVHC on the Authorization List may not be used or imported in the EU after a specified date called the Sunset Date. Authorization is only applicable to chemicals that are used in and/or imported into the EU, and it does not apply to imported articles. The Authorization list is updated approximately once per year.
  • What is REACH Restriction?

    Restrictions are normally used to limit or ban the manufacture, placing on the market (including imports) or use of a substance, but can impose any relevant condition, such as requiring technical measures or specific labels. 

    Each restricted substance has different conditions and scopes of restriction. For example, a harmful substance itself may be banned from being sold on the EU market, or products containing the substance may be restricted instead. The list of restricted substances is given in Annex XVII and is updated regularly.

  • What are SVHC?

    Substances of very high concern (SVHCs) are substances deemed to have serious or irreversible negative effects on human health and the environment. If a substance is identified as an SVHC, it may be added to the Candidate List for eventual inclusion in the Authorization List (Annex XIV).

    If a SVHC is present above 0.1% by weight, this information is immediately communicated to the customer in the supply chain. For SVHCs that are present in articles above 0.1% by weight and above 1 tonne/year, notification to the ECHA may be necessary. 

  • What is the Candidate List?

    If a substance is identified as an SVHC, it is added to the Candidate List. The inclusion in the Candidate List brings immediate obligations for suppliers of the substance, such as:

    • Supplying a safety data sheet
    • Communicating on safe use
    • Responding to consumer requests within 45 days 
    • Notifying ECHA if the article they produce contains an SVHC in quantities above one tonne per producer/importer per year and if the substance is present in those articles above a concentration of 0.1% (w/w).

    The Candidate List is updated twice per year.

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