REACHReady has two online tools to help our subscribers navigate the complexities of the REACH legislation.
Designed to help you to identify quickly and easily whether your particular substances fall within the scope of REACH.
A business management tool to help you to weigh up the business scenarios that will arise from REACH.
Designed to help you identify substances of concern in your supply chain from the common uses of substances on the Candidate List
The first question many companies will need to answer when considering the likely impact of REACH on their business is whether their particular substances, either those bought in, those they manufacture or those they sell, are covered by the REACH legislation. And this is not always as simple a question as one might imagine.
While REACH applies to all substances manufactured or imported into the European Union in the amount of one tonne or more per annum there are several product types are excluded from REACH, as they are already covered by existing health and environmental legislation - but which product types are these?
REACH includes many of the chemicals used in the manufacture of exempted products, and even some of the exempted ingredients. Similarly, REACH exempts a whole range of natural based materials, such as ores, some plant extracts and some gases, but these exemptions are by no means predictable...and what may be even more confusing to anyone new to REACH is that the text of the legislation does not bring this information together in one place. Just to confuse, it is scattered through several articles and annexes to the regulation.
This is where our REACHScope tool comes in to help you through this maze. REACHScope is designed to help you to identify quickly and easily whether your particular substances fall within the scope of REACH, and it does this by leading you through a series of well-designed questions which ask for inputs such as substance name, company annual tonnage, product type, or use. Help is available at every stage to define any terms that may be unfamiliar.
The system is easy to use, and definitive in relation to current knowledge, and will enable companies to gain a headstart on what commitment of resources and money will need to be allocated to meeting the demands of REACH.
All REACHReady subscribers have free access to REACHScope, saving time, trouble and money. If you’d like a more detailed look at REACHScope then login to the website. If you’re not already a subscriber sign-up as a (FREE) silver member .
REACH represents a major change in how companies manufacturing or using chemicals conduct their business. Much of the success of its implementation depends on the creation of new networks for generating and communicating chemical use data between suppliers and customers.
REACH serves as an impetus for producers to screen their production portfolio, and consolidate the number of substances they make. A high number of substances currently produced may be withdrawn from the EU market, simply due to the cost of complying with REACH. Any newly identified chemical hazards may also result in a rationalisation of chemicals available for particular high-risk applications. In turn this presents new market opportunities for "safer" alternatives, which serve comparable performance functions. Important and far-reaching business decisions may need to be made.
And this is where REACHReckoner comes in. This business management tool will help you to weigh up the business scenarios that will arise from REACH. REACHReckoner does this by asking you a simple set of multiple choice questions to give you an indication of the costs and the amount of work you will have to do to comply.
REACHReady Gold subscribers get free use of this invaluable tool, which is best employed after using REACHScope.
A key aspect of REACH is the identification of Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs). It may be necessary for SVHCs to be subject to stringent controls in order to protect human health and the environment. The inclusion of a substance on the Candidate List is an early step in this process; it indicates that a substance is a candidate for inclusion in Annex XIV to REACH, known as the Authorisation List.
Inclusion of a substance on this list brings with it a number of obligations and you can find full details of these on the Candidate List page of our website (Gold subscribers only). The list is growing with updates usually taking place twice a year in June and December. In the summer of 2015, the number stands at 163 substances.
For chemical manufacturers, formulators and other chemical users towards the top of the supply chain it is perhaps easier to know or confirm whether certain SVHCs are present in their products. However, many businesses who are further down in their global supply chain, particularly those who supply articles, may find it a greater challenge. It is important for such companies to prioritise their compliance management activities regarding the possible presence of SVHCs in their goods or their use in the upstream supply chain. One way to do this is to use our SVHC Database to find out where Candidate Listed substances are commonly used or found. Screening products and uses against the list of SVHCs can help companies risk assess their portfolio, allowing them to focus attention where it's needed most. If you need to understand more about the impact of REACH on Articles and your own business, you might be interested in our training courses.
With REACHReady’s SVHC database our Gold subscribers can enter the details of a Candidate Listed substance (name / EC No. / CAS No.) and search to find the products and markets in which it is commonly used, for example personal care / fragrance / scent / candle. Alternatively, those who have a product portfolio can search by the use or market to find the possible substances in their goods or industry which may require action.
The uses identified should be used as a guide and, whilst we have made every effort to make the information as complete as possible, it is unlikely to be exhaustive. If you are in doubt or have additional uses that we can add please contact us.
REACHReady Gold subscribers get exclusive use of this tool as one of their benefits of membership.
30 March - IUCLID 6 Practical Training for Registrants, Leeds
This workshop will help users quickly get up to speed with the new software. Atendees will gain familiarity with the main user functions of the software, equipping them with the skills...
27 February - REACH: New substances added to the compliance check list
60 new substances have been added by ECHA to the list of substances that might be chosen for compliance check. Registrants of the concerning substances are strongly advised by ECHA to update their registration dossiers by 28 April.