On 16 January 2020, there was a new change in chemical legislation, this time at European level.
The European Chemicals Agency has published 4 new entries on the candidate list for the authorization of substances of very high concern (SVHC):
For everyone using the service ChemiusExpert, we keep our safety data sheets up-to-date and in accordance with the law. In the specific case, this means that 4 new SVHC substances have already been entered into our database and, if your product contains these substances, they are then automatically listed in section 3 in the safety data sheet.
What do these new entries mean for the rest of the business, and how to deal with them?
It depends on whether you are:
1. A product supplier
If you are a product supplier and the concentration of new SVHC substances in your product is above 0.1% w/w (mass fraction), you must provide the buyer from the European Union or the European Economic Area with information that enables the safe use of the product.
This means that at least the name of the SVHC substance concerned must be communicated to the recipients of the product or consumers.
2. A manufacturer or importer of products
If your product contains more than 0.1% w/w (mass fraction) of SVHC substance and the annual quantity of the substance is greater than one tonne, you must notify ECHI (reporting of SVHC substance in products).
3. Supplier of a substance or mixture (chemicals)
In this case, first check if your products contain the SVHC substances from the last list.
If the products are classified as dangerous and contain new SVHC substances, the updated safety data sheets should be forwarded immediately with this information as the information may influence risk management measures.
If the products are non-dangerous and contain ≥ 0.1% of new SVHC substances, a safety data sheet must be provided at the request of the recipient.
This may mean that you may need to create a safety data sheet because of the new SVHC substances, although you may not even need to have one before this change.
Monitoring chemical legislation requires a great deal of time and precision, as obligations also differ from your role in the supply chain.
If you are short on time for quality monitoring and implementation of legal changes, we can help you.
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