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1 REACH, articles and substances of very high concern (SVHC) Compliance Obligations on ExportersShrirang BhootAsst. General Manager (Technical Services)REACH Support, INDIA
2 About REACH SupportMost sought after, one of its kind helpdesk in IndiaFunctions as the technical support centre of SSS (Europe) ABClientele spread across Asia, Europe and growing steadily to other placesCaters to over 800 companies presentlyEntire basket of REACH compliance services offeredProviding Assessment & Certification services to various article exportersProfessionals comprise of experts who have been following REACH regulation since the draft stages
3 Contents REACH in a nutshell Why is REACH compliance important Articles within REACHREACH – Toys, Accessories and EmbellishmentsSVHC & Restricted Substances (Annex XVII of the REACH regulation)REACH requirement for substances in articleNotification obligation & Notification deadlinesCommunication ObligationImportance of supply chain communicationCase examples
4 REACH – In a nutshellREACH - Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals This regulation requires information to be submitted to the European chemical agency (ECHA) on the properties of chemicals (exported as such) as well as chemicals contained in articles For exporters of chemicals, the major compliance process is REGISTRATION For exporters of articles, the compliance process is NOTIFICATION (though not in each case)4
5 Why is REACH Compliance Important First REACH deadline for high volume chemicals was 30th Nov’ 2010Second REACH deadline will on 31st May’ 2013As per the ECHA’s enforcement calendar, compliance of the articles with REACH will be enforced by the end of this yearREACH compliance documentation essential for customs clearanceCertification from a European legal entity preferredCertification can only be provided after assessment of the company’s supply chain5
6 Articles within REACHDefinition “an object which during production is given a special shape, surface or design which determines its function to a greater degree than its chemical composition” Toys are considered as articles within REACH as they come in various shapes & design imparting various functionalities6
7 REACH - Accessories & Embellishments Accessories include a variety of articles like Buttons, Zippers & Zippers Sliders, Rivets, Buckles, Beads, etcEmbellishments include Flat metal embellishments, stone embellishment,, etcIf accessories and embellishments are exported as such to Europe, they will be treated individually as articlesAccordingly other REACH obligations also have to be complied with
8 Substances of very high concern (SVHC) (these are only the listed chemicals finalized by the technical experts of the European Member States based upon irrefutable scientific evidence of SVHC hazard)
9 What are SVHC Substances of very high concern are: PBT substances vPvB substancesCMR category 1, 2 substancesSubstances of equivalent concern (having endocrine disrupting properties)In a nutshell, substances very toxic to the human health and environment shall be categorized as SVHC
10 SVHC & Restricted Substances (Annex XVII) of REACH ECHA has finalized 53 SVHC till dateThe complete list can be found atAnnex XVII (52 substances & in some cases category of substances (Phthalates, PAHs, CMR substances in Annex I of EC/67/548)Restrictions on the Manufacture, Placing on the Market and Use of Certain Dangerous Substances, Preparations and ArticlesName & category of chemicalsConditions of RestrictionAnnex XVII entry into effect from June ‘ 2009
11 Some restricted substances in toys Toys or parts of toys containing the concentration of benzene (CAS No ) in the free state >5 mg/kg (0,0005 %) of the weight of the toy or part of toy cannot be placed on the EU market.Textile or leather toys and toys which include textile or leather garments cannot be placed on the EU market if the toy or its dyes parts contain Azocolourants and Azodyes which release certain restricted aromatic amines above 30 mg/kg (0,003 % by weight) during use.Toys and childcare articles containing following phthalates in a concentration > 0.1% by weight of the plasticised material cannot not be placed on the EU marketbis (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP); CAS Nodibutyl phthalate (DBP); CAS Nobenzyl butyl phthalate (BBP); CAS NoChildcare articles containing Dioctyltin (DOT) compounds cannot be placed on the EU market after 1 January 2012 if the concentration of DOT is greater than the equivalent of 0,1 % by weight of tin.
12 REACH Requirements for Toy Exporters There are essentially three requirements1. Pre-registration & Registration of chemical released intentionally from the article during normal or foreseeable conditions of use provided:Release is intentional (e.g. – perfume from the toys)Intentional release – Deliberate and contributes to an added value of the articleChemical (which is released) is present in greater than one ton in the export consignment (per annum)The substance has not been registered for that use
13 Examples of intentional release from Toy Scented toys – Fragrance chemicals added to provide freshness and good smellPre-registration/registration seem highly unlikely for the majority of thetoy exporters, except for similar cases as above.If there are such requirements applicable – Can be discussed on case by case basis
14 REACH Requirements for Substances in Article (Contd..) 2. Notification of SVHC if:SVHC is greater than 0.1% wt by wt (1000 ppm) and tonnage of SVHC exceeds 1 ton per annum in the annual exports of apparel to Europe3. Communication of SVHC if:SVHC is greater than 0.1% wt by wt (1000 ppm) in article but less than 1 ton per annumToy exporters need to confirm Notification or Communication obligations based upon a technical assessment of the chemical used in their entire production chain
15 Notification Requirements to the ECHA The information to be notified includes the following:• The identity and contact details of the producer of article• The registration number (s) for the SVHC, if available• The identity of the SVHC (s) like name of the substance, CAS, EINECS No, etc• The classification of the SVHC, which will be available from the Agency• A brief description of the use (s) of the SVHC in the article and of the uses of the article (s)• The tonnage range of the SVHC, i.e tonnes, tonnes etc.
16 Notification Deadlines For substances included in the SVHC list before 1 December 2010, the notifications have to be submitted not later than 1 June 2011If Notification applies but has not been done, it is mandatory to complete the Notification before exporting article to avoid penaltiesFor substances included in the SVHC list on or after 1 December 2010, the notifications have to be submitted no later than 6 months after the inclusion in candidate list
17 Communication Requirements to the ECHA The recipient of the article with sufficient information to allow safe use of the article including, as a minimum, the name of the substance”Only for SVHC on the ‘Candidate List’No tonnage limit (i.e. also applies below 1 ton/year)REACH Article 33(2)Consumers can request the same information. The information should be provided within 45 days, free of charge.
18 Dyes/Pigments used in Toys What to look out forEstablishing the chemical identity (proper chemical name)Look out for the presence of SVHC in the dye and restriction conditions applicableIf yes, determine the quantity present in the dye (light to dark shades)Preliminary estimations suggest that the thresholds mentioned in REACH will not be exceededIn exceptional cases, even if thresholds are exceeded, exporter needs to submit NOTIFICATION to ECHAThis completes the REACH obligations and the same dye can be used for dyeing
19 Accessories & Embellishments What to look out forIdentify the metallic and chemical inputsCheck for the SVHC and restriction conditions applicableIf any SVHC is found to be present, check out for the thresholdsSee if there are Notification or Communication requirementsIf yes, proceed with the NotificationGet a REACH compliance certificate and continue with the same supply chain
20 Importance of supply chain communication If the entire production chain is in-house, get the supply chain inventorized for all chemical inputsIf certain operations like dyeing/printing are outsourced, ask for the details of the chemicals used in these operations and make a note of the sameFor the accessories and embellishments used in the toys, ask the suppliers for the raw materials used in their productionIf the suppliers cite confidentiality as the reason for not sharing the details, share with them the SVHC list & request them to give you an undertaking that none of the SVHC is usedPLEASE REMEMBER – It is very important to get the entire supply chain scanned for the chemicals used during production of the export article (finished and packed toys)
21 Is PACKAGING an article? YES The toys can be packaged in cardboard boxes, plastic bags, paper, etc.Packaging is considered as a separate article within REACHExporters also have obligation to check for SVHC and restricted chemicals in packagingImportant to check the chemical used like paints, etc used to mark the packagingIf an SVHC is present, the obligations for the packaging would be the same as for the toyHowever, if the packaging ends up as waste in Europe, no separate obligation exists for the packaging
22 How to calculate the SVHC thresholds (EXAMPLE) Intentional ReleaseConsider a scented doll containing chemical lotionWt of 1 doll gmWt of chemical in this doll gmAmount of chemical that shall be intentionally released 06 gmNumber of dolls exported to Europe (1 calendar year) 10,000Total wt of the annual export 10,00,000 gm (1000 kg)Total quantity that shall be intentionally released 60 kgIntentional release quantity less than 1000 kg or 1 ton.Thus NO PRE-REGISTRATION & REGISTRATION obligation of the exporter of this innerwear
23 How to calculate the SVHC thresholds (EXAMPLE) No Intentional release but SVHC presentConsider a cuddly toy containing Cobalt dichloride, an SVHC usedas mordant dyeWt of 1 cuddly toy gmWt of chemical in this cuddly toy 20 gm%wt/wt %wt/wtCuddly toys exported to Europe (1 calendar year) 10,000 piecesTotal wt of the annual export 30,00,000 gm(3000 kg)Total quantity of chemical in the annual export 200 kgThus NO NOTIFICATION obligation (since total quantity is less than 1 ton per annum)but obligation of COMMUNICATION since %wt/wt exceeds 0.1% (6.6%)
24 In Summary: REACH Compliance Management Use cost effective non-analytical approaches for ascertaining presence of SVHCArticles with Intentional release To followPre-Registration , SIEF, data sharing, data ownership,Registration, Export declaration, SDS, etc.Substance in Article with > 0.1% SVHCInfo in supply chain – SDS & eSDSSubstance in Articles with > 0.1% SVHC ; > 1 tpaInfo in supply chain – SDS / eSDSNotification to ECHAConduct testing only for confirmatory purposes
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