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Dealers must provide information about SVHCs

DEKRA: Authorities conduct checks Europe-wide

The European market surveillance authorities have launched a project aimed at enforcing the REACH regulation. The checks will focus on the obligation to provide information about substances of very high concern (SVHCs) in products. DEKRA urges to systematically record all of the materials used throughout the supply chain.

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The checks will primarily affect importers of electrical products, building products, as well as fixtures and furnishings, although DEKRA experts state that the EU project, which is initially scheduled to run until June 2018, also focuses on the traders and manufacturers of such products.

The REACH regulation – Regulation (EC) No. 1907/2006 – contains provisions for substances and mixtures (chemicals) as well as for putting products into circulation. A key element is the obligation to inform customers when a product contains substances specified on the 'candidate list'. These SVHCs are deemed especially hazardous because they may be carcinogenic, mutagenic, or toxic for reproduction.

Importers who source their products in Asia often do not receive reliable information about SVHCs from their suppliers and need to determine whether their products contain an SVHC in a concentration of ≥ 0.1%. The reference figure for this limit is not the overall weight of the product, but the weight of the individual component.

DEKRA's experts recommend a material-specific approach because information about materials is usually readily available in the supply chain. Depending on the material, the number of potential SVHCs can be significantly reduced. In Europe, DEKRA offers guidance for REACH as well as chemical testing in our labs in Germany and in China.

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