REACH SVHC Declaration Acceptance Criteria

IMPORTANT - This guideline is for information purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. This guide provides Assent’s standard checklist for reviewing inbound declarations regarding compliance with REGULATION (EC) No 1907/2006 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 18 December 2006 concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) within the supply chain. The acceptance criteria below is for communicating the presence of substances on the Candidate List of Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs).

  1. On company letterhead. 
    • Needs to indicate that the declaration/certificate is an official company release.
  2. Includes the proper REACH Regulation legislative reference. 
    • This indicates the supplier has some awareness of the legislation being inquired about. Actual legislation title: REGULATION (EC) No 1907/2006 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 18 December 2006 concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH).
      • SVHC list of REACH ("Candidate List").
  3. Includes unique reference to parts or products being covered by the declaration.
  4. Declares compliance status.
    • States that it does not contain any substances on the Candidate List of SVHCs.
    • States that it does contain substances on the Candidate List of SVHCs.
  5. Declares substances present (if applicable).  
    • If a part or parts contain an SVHC, the declaration must include which substance(s) are present, and be linked directly to the part or parts they are present in.
  6. Signed by appropriate authorized representative.
    • Name, contact details and position must be included.
    • Must be an employee of the company issuing the declaration.
    • Position/job title should indicate a degree of familiarity with materials or product adequate to state compliance status and seniority to bind the company.
      • e.g. Engineering, Quality, Materials, Compliance Manager.
  7. Date of reference.
    • The Candidate List of SVHCs is typically updated every six months. Therefore, the declaration must identify that it applies to the most recent additions to the Candidate List and specify the date.
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