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REACH, namely the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals, addresses the continued use of chemical substances of very high concern (SVHC) because of their potential negative impacts on human health or the environment.  This legislation requires all companies manufacturing or importing articles into the European Union in quantities of one tonne or more per year to register these substances with European Chemicals Agency (ECHA). Enterprises should also provide SVHC information to consumers within 45 days of request.

To enhance the understanding and awareness of REACH, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) collaborated with inspectors from 15 Member States in 2017 and held a joint enforcement investigation into consumer goods sold in the EU market. The enforcement pilot project was conducted between October and December 2018 and the report was published on its official website on 18 November 2019.  

This joint operation surveyed 405 businesses and 682 items, including consumer products like electronics and plastic products.  The report shows that:

  • 12% of items contain excessive SVHC candidate-listed substances
  • 89% of businesses fail to meet regulatory obligations
  • 56% did not deliver information about SVHC substances to downstream customers

The survey also found that the Phthalate and SCCP content within soft plastics, mainly PVC materials, tend to exceed the regulation limit more frequently than in other materials. Some of the results are as follows:

Phthalates (mainly DEHP) 51
Diazene-1,2-dicarboxamide (ADCA)  12
Lead  11
Cadmium 1
Brominated flame retardant (DecaBDE, HBCDD)  1


SGS can provide a wide array of services on REACH, as testing, training, consulting, process auditing, document preparation and other services to help you deal with these new green requirements more efficiently and effectively! 


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