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Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals, or REACH, is a European Union legislation that aims to improve the protection of human health and the environment from the risks that can be posed by chemicals, while enhancing the competitiveness of the EU chemicals industry.

Suppliers are obliged to provide the relevant information on SVHC and on the safe use of the article within 45 days if the SVHC concentration in their articles is more than 0.1 % of their weight. 

In 2017, Germany co-sponsored the AskREACH project with 20 partners from 13 EU member states, which will build a mobile phone application linked to a database that enable consumers to check for information on SVHC in their products.

Consumers can obtain information containing SVHC substances in their products through this database associated with the APP, and if there is no information in the database, app will automatically send requests to suppliers for SVHC information. The APP aims to raise awareness of SVHC risks and allow consumers to know whether any SVHC contents are present in their items prior to purchase.

Several EU member states have already begun testing the app in the market, with field testers visiting stores, scanning product barcodes and sending SVHC investigation requests to businesses. The initial release date is August 2019 but recently had been postponed to October 2019.

By the end of 2018, approximately 100 manufacturers in EU had surveyed this project, but more than half had failed to provide adequate information on SVHCs in its products.  Since most companies might not be prepared to respond to these "Right to Know" requests, SGS recommends that companies shall start to collect and manage any SVHC information in their products to meet the relevant obligations to avoid penalties.

 

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