REACH SVHC evaluation
If you need to identify whether any of the SVHC (Substances of very high concern, as defined under REACH), or any restricted sustances, are contained in an article or in a chemical mixture then you are having two possible ways to follow:
Theoretical assessment, based on information from your supplier:
Does the supplier communicate the presence or not of any SVHC in the product?
If not: Is there any probability that SVHC are present in the product taking into account:
- The materials used;
- The manufacturing procedures applied;
- The suppliers involved.
- If the presence of candidate substances is confirmed or has to be suspected:
- Will the limit of 0,1 mass% of each SVHC be exceeded?
- Is there a ban or any other restriction of that SVHC in chemical mixtures or for manufacturing process?
If answering all these questions excludes any SVHC then the process can be stopped here.
If information from step 1 results in an unclear situation, testing may be needed.
This can be the case if no information is available, e.g. if the supplier does not reply, of if there are doubts on reliability of existing information.
A test is performed for identification and quantification of any SVHC in the product or in the chemical mixture. The test program will be different per material (e.g. plastic, glass, wood, metal, ...), based on general knowledge on which SVHC could be part of which basic material. It will NOT always be necessary to identify all SVHCs from the list - there are too many SVHCs on the list, and no testing program can cover all of these at reasonable costs.
A quantitative test can deliver the information of whether the limit of 0.1 mass% per SVHC in the article is respected.
Consulting and Testing services
For consulting on above issues and design of any test program, please contact
Mr. Kim Holm Baekgaard, Phone +45 70 22 42 76 in Denmark
or Jody Yam, Phone +852 263 632 33 or +86 131 439 879 87 in China