Complying With Global REACH Regulations: A Complete Guide
by Matt Thorn
on April 29, 2021
REACH is a set of guidelines and regulations designed to improve the protection of human health and the environment through a better understanding of commercially available chemicals and their effects. It is found in countries around the world, but one of the most robust and well-known is the European Union’s REACH (EC 1907/2006). It acts as a check that requires companies to complete due diligence on the effect their products may have on humans and the environment.
While REACH is an important and accepted regulation, it can also be a challenging process to adhere to. This is mainly due to its many steps and extensive data aggregation requirements.
Another important caveat of REACH is that its scope extends beyond products that are manufactured in the European Union. Businesses around the world have to show REACH compliance throughout their supply chain. In simple terms, if a product is imported into the EU, it is the responsibility of the importing company and the business selling the final product to show that it complies with REACH. To prove this, the required REACH documentation needs to be gathered from each of the applicable suppliers in the product’s supply chain.
REACH stands for the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation, and Restriction of Chemicals. This requires companies to do their own research and testing before receiving regulatory approval. These steps set forth a guideline for companies to follow in order to demonstrate to the European Chemical Agency (ECHA) the overall safety of their product [1,2].
There is no doubt that the objectives of REACH are important. However, they can encumber companies in many ways. For manufacturing companies, this includes the time and costs associated with data collection, testing and reporting . For retailers, this means engaging with their supply chain, gathering large quantities of data, and reporting to the relevant agencies. Because the burden of proving REACH compliance includes so many different pieces of your supply chain, it can be a complicated process. If any step of the process is missed it can mean denial from the ECHA, which can lead to setbacks in product schedules and financial losses .
Luckily, there are solutions that make collecting, analyzing, and reporting REACH data easier. Source Intelligence provides an AI-powered REACH compliance system that streamlines the process. This includes a single platform for companies to upload a list of their suppliers, request REACH documentation, combine relevant data, and produce final reports. The system quickly analyzes your supply chain to pinpoint any compliance concerns, data gaps, and potential reporting issues. It speeds up REACH reporting and removes the costly requirements of having a dedicated, in-house REACH specialist.
In this white paper, we go into detail on the following topics:
Why does the REACH regulation exist
The different versions of the REACH regulation around the world
The steps of the REACH compliance process
Expert tips for REACH product compliance
The different responsibilities throughout the supply chain for REACH