REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization of Chemicals) is the new EU regulation on chemicals, that is to centralize and simplify the existing chemical legislation on the Pan-European level. REACH shall clear the distinction between the so called „existing substances” (placed on the market before 1981) and the “new substances” (placed on the market later than 1981).
Today, new substances already have to be evaluated and assessed for any risks on human health and environment before they are allowed to be brought onto the market.
Contrary to these 4,000 new substances whose hazard potential is well known, little is known about the approximately 100,000 existing substances. The REACH Regulation is to change this.
The REACH system is based on the principle of the industry´s self-responsibility. According to the motto “no data, no market” only those chemical substances may enter the market showing sufficient data with regard to their physical properties. This means that the manufacturer or importer himself is responsible for the safe handling of the chemical substances in his products. He has to collect all relevant data required for evaluating and pass it along the whole value and supply chain. REACH registers all chemical substances of which a minimum of 1 ton is produced in the EU or imported into the EU within one year. In future, these will have to be registered at the newly founded European Chemical Agency (ECHA) in Helsinki. Only substances that have been pre-registered are allowed to be brought onto the market.
Source: REACH Helpdesk
- marbach elektronik GmbH has informed itself to the best of its knowledge about the role and obligations resulting from the REACH system within the supply chain and will act accordingly.
- marbach elektronik GmbH is a distributor and importer of products. We can confirm, that we understand the obligations for importers and distributers resulting from the REACH system and that we prepare ourselves and act accordingly. Our company is based within the EU. Thus, we position ourselves as distributor for our manufacturers and suppliers also registered in the EU and will fulfill the obligations resulting from the REACH system. For manufacturers and suppliers from outside the EU we act as importer of products and are subject to the REACH obligations.
- As all of our products do not contain substances that which are intended to be released under normal or reasonably foreseeable conditions of use we are not planning any pre-registration or registration of substances. A registration is not necessary. Most of the products we place on the market including their accessory parts, components and packaging are »articles« for the purposes of the REACH Regulation. (According to Article 3 an “article” is an object which during production is given a special shape, surface or design, which determines its function to a greater degree than does its chemical composition.) We are in contact with all our manufacturers and suppliers within and outside the EU in order to get the necessary information and to ensure the future availability of products.
- marbach elektronik GmbH carefully monitors the development of all requirements and obligations regarding the extension and changes of Annex XIV (“candidate list”). The first publication of the “candidate list” of the substances of very high concern (SVHC) was on 29 October 2008. Hence, the duty to communicate information according to the REACH article 33, paragraph 1 and 2 came into force. The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has published the “candidate list" of substances of very high concern (SVHC) on 29 October 2009 for the purposes of article 59 of REACH Regulation.