What is an "Article" Under REACh?

Prior to a 2015 ruling by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), it was commonly understood that a complex article comprised of multiple parts was considered a single article in relation to compliance with REACH thresholds.

Now, however, each component within a complex product is considered an article in itself. This ruling drastically changed the way companies apply REACH to their products, requiring importers to determine whether any single article within a product contains a substance of very high concern (SVHC) over the 0.1 percent weight by weight threshold. If so, the importer (along with each purchaser of that product or component) has supply chain communication requirements.

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