[Video] REACH Regulation: Updated Guidance on Substances in Articles

[Video] REACH Regulation: Updated Guidance on Substances in Articles

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) released an update to their Guidance on requirements for substances in articles in June this year. The much-anticipated revision provided industry and national enforcement bodies with further clarification on the communication requirements associated with substances of very high concern (SVHCs), particularly in relation to complex products.

With this release, suppliers and importers now have the context they need to assess compliance with the requirements of Article 33 and Article 7(2) of the Registration, Evaluation and Authorization of Chemicals (REACH) Regulation. The improvements offer a more comprehensive set of examples to help them understand the conditions under which they must communicate the composition of their products.

This is a strong signal that the ECHA will continue to provide further and ongoing industry guidance in relation to the REACH regulation. While the organization had previously made a quick update to the guidance in 2015 as a result of the European Court of Justice’s (ECJ) “Once an Article, Always an Article” ruling, this latest release makes further edits for consistency and clarity.

How does the new REACH guidance on articles affect your compliance program? Learn the essentials in our new guidance summary, here

Furthermore, companies that manufacture complex products now have a more specific mandate to gather information from the supply chain and document the process. The new guidance clearly states that “producers and importers are strongly recommended to document the results of their compliance assessment.” This includes:  

  • Information requests made to suppliers of substances, mixtures or articles
  • Information received from suppliers, including certificates and other records
  • Decision-making on whether certain objects are articles, substances or mixtures
  • Determination on whether specific requirements apply to the objects, based on information received (among other factors)

While the ECHA’s updates solidify the importance of efficient supply chain engagement, they also reinforce your company’s need for a REACH compliance program capable of scaling in tandem with the regulatory environment as it expands. Assent’s REACH Module is updated and modified to align with the ECHA’s revisions, as part of our robust compliance platform.

If you’re already interested in our platform you can book a no obligation software demo now, or contact our compliance experts at info@assentcompliance.com.