REACH Compliancy

New regulations now in force

REACH is an EU regulation for the registration, evaluation, authorisation and restriction of chemical substances. It requires producers and importers of substances to compile and distribute information about the properties of the substances, so they can be used (more) safely.

REACH aims to control the risks of chemical substances which may cause cancer, infertility or genetic defects or which may have adverse effect on the environment.

Right principles Interflon heartily and unconditionally subscribes to REACH principles, aimed at the safeguarding of public health, safety and the environment. We comply with the regulations, have adjusted the capacity and priorities of the organisation to optimize risk control and embedded the new requirements in standard procedures. In any case, Interflon products do not contain any substances listed in annex 14 of the REACh-regulation or that meet the criteria of article 57 of that same regulation.

Consequences of REACH? The REACH ordinances requires Interflon to know and control the risks of all the products it makes. We are to share information about this with the other links in the chain, including our customers, suppliers and staff. REACH stipulates that we tell them how to safely handle these substances and what safety precautions they should take. This requirement called on us to change the way we think and act in a number of areas.

Reversed onus of proof The onus of proof for the safe trade of chemical products is now, legally, reversed: until recently, the government had to prove that substances were harmful. Now, manufacturers and importers have to use registration to demonstrate the dangers of the substances they produce or import. Interflon, as user of these substances, is better able to determine the hazards of using these substances in our products, and is thus in a better position to inform our customers about how to handle our products safely.

Pre-registration and exposure scenarios In addition to the data in the well-known material safety data sheet (MSDS), Interflon will therefore (where available) provide information about exposure scenarios (for environment and health risks) and mention the operational conditions in which the substance is supposed to be used. The first step of the REACH process (pre-registration), has by now been taken and concluded. Substances that were not (pre-)registered may no longer be traded.

That latter rule will have no consequences for Interflon whatsoever, as all base materials that Interflon uses have by now been pre-registered.

Even better products? Substances in use today may be prohibited under REACH, and (base) substances may prove more dangerous than initially believed, which would mean they are unsuitable for use.

Anticipating the changing rules for end labelling and availability of (raw) materials, the composition of Interflon products is already being adjusted since 2007. The basic principle is the improvement of the safety of our products for people and environment with at least equal quality and effect on the basis of the latest understanding.

Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) in REACH layout The objective of REACH is unambiguous and simple. The law itself, however, is quite complex: more than 700 pages of rules and regulations that impose a lot of administrative work on all parties involved.

One of the consequences of REACH is that we will issue new or updated Material Safety Data Sheets in a new format. The first changes will include the switching of paragraphs 2 and 3. In future, such things as exposure scenarios will be added for a number of products.

Requirements for “downstream users”" REACH ultimately requires all chemical substances that may come into contact with humans or the environment to be registered. Registration is not required only if the “end user” can prove that he or she will not be exposed to a substance when it is used.

For this reason, Interflon would require you to provide them with some information in the next REACH phase. Our interpretation of the responsibilities of the "downstream users" can therefore be found here on our website.

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