REACH Enforcement Project Reveals Failings in Company Communications on SVHCs

REACH Enforcement Project Reveals Failings in Company Communications on SVHCs

On November 6, 2019, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) released a report outlining the results of an enforcement pilot project conducted between October 2017 and December 2018.

This project, undertaken by European enforcement authorities, focused on European Union (EU) Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) Candidate List substances in articles sold to a subsection of member states in the European Economic Area (EEA). Findings revealed that 12 percent of the articles inspected contained Candidate List substances above the 0.1 percent weight over weight (w/w) threshold, and that 88 percent of suppliers were failing to submit the correct data to their customers.

This high rate of incorrect data submissions points to a larger problem: the lack of clarity and understanding around the REACH Regulation’s requirements. This was especially true for small to medium-sized companies as they comprised 86 percent of non-compliant companies. Small companies were also less likely to have a program in place to specifically manage requirements.

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In a response to the report, Erwin Annys, the head of the ECHA’s Support and Enforcement Unit, said, ““Improvement is needed if we want to make REACH work in all aspects, contribute to the objectives of the circular economy and to have a good database as required under the Waste Framework Directive.”

Following a revision last year, the EU Waste Framework Directive (WFD) references the REACH Candidate List, and it is just one of the regulations that will attract far greater enforcement attention. Companies that do not proactively manage regulatory requirements open themselves up to a variety of financial and reputational risks that can affect business continuity and the bottom line.

For companies large and small, the adoption of a due diligence program specifically designed to support regulatory compliance was a large contributor to successful data collection. Data management systems position companies to collect accurate data and maintain compliance as regulations change. With the implementation of initiatives such as the Substances of Concern In articles, as such or in complex Products (SCIP) database mandated by the WFD, a comprehensive supply chain data management solution is becoming increasingly important.

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