REACH SVHC Risk vs. Annex XIV and Annex XVII

Question: My company has focused our Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) Regulation due diligence efforts on substances of very high concern (SVHCs). Substances of very high concern are the aspect of the REACH Regulation we hear most about. Should we also be concerned about REACH Annex XIV and XVII? These seem to be treated as different issues, and our Assent module for SVHCs doesn’t address them.

Answer: Requirements for REACH SVHCs, Authorised substances (Annex XIV) and Restrictions (Annex XVII) involve different substances, a different scope and different objectives. Assent offers modules covering each of these, since the differences mean companies may determine that not all aspects present a risk to their business.

The business risk associated with Annex XIV is largely associated with production operations in the EU that use SVHCs (as cleaners, coatings, etc.)

Annex XVII involves substance restrictions for very specific purposes. The greatest impact tends to be in business sectors involved with the substances or mixtures themselves, or with finished goods used in high volumes in the consumer industry.

Article is current as of 2020-05-15.

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