Communication in the Supply Chain

Question Posed:

Do suppliers of articles which contain a substance in a concentration above 0.1% (weight by weight) need to provide information to downstream recipients?

Answer Provided:

Yes. For substances on the Substance of Very High Concern (SVHC) Candidate list, communication to downstream recipients is required when over threshold of 0.1% w/w at the article level. After a substance is included in the Candidate List, suppliers of articles which contain such a substance in a concentration above 0.1% (weight by weight) have to provide enough information to allow the safe use of the article to the recipients of the article. In this case, recipients are industrial or professional users and distributors, but not consumers. As a minimum the name of the substance in question has to be communicated.Consumers can request similar information. The supplier of the article has to provide this information within 45 days, free of charge.

Note:  Substances on the SVHC list also contain substances on the Authorisation (Annex XIV) list meaning that communication is required, but if a substance is also on Authorisation List, an official authorisation is required to use that substance in the European Union (EU).



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