REACH is a European Union regulation that entered force in June 2007. Its objective is to protect human health and the environment from the potential risks posed by chemicals.
The acronym REACH stands for Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and Restriction of Chemicals.
Substances manufactured by companies or imported into the EU must be registered with the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA). This also includes metals. Recycled substances are exempt from registration. At Wieland, we only use registered or recycled metals.
Substance of very high concern (SVHC) are substance for which it has been proposed that the use within the European Union be subject to authorization under the REACH Regulation. Of the substances listed in the candidate list, some of our semi-finished products may contain lead as an alloying component with a content greater than 0.1% by weight.
According to Article 33 of the REACH Regulation, in this case we automatically comply with our duty to inform our customers.
Substances subject to authorization are listed in Annex XIV of the REACH Regulation. These substances cannot be used after the “sunset date” unless granted authorization by the European Commission. The EU Commission last amended Annex XIV on June 13, 2017.
The semi-finished products made of copper and copper alloys that Wieland supplies are products within the framework of the REACH Regulation that are not required to be accompanied by safety data sheets.