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REACH, the acronym for Registration, Evaluation and Authorization of Chemicals, is currently changing the way in which chemicals used in products are approved for use within the EU.
Chemical substances need to be registered and evaluated for risks to health and then subsequently will be either approved or restricted for use. On June 1, 2007, REACH came into force in all EU countries. It must be completely implemented by 2018. Both old and new chemicals are registered with the new chemicals agency in Helsinki (ECHA).
REACH aims to enhance the protection of human safety and environmental impact from chemicals and also to reduce the usage risks of chemicals in all steps along the supply chain. All chemical substances produced, supplied or imported into the EU, in volumes of 1 ton or more per year have to be processed under REACH.
The exchange of information up and down the supply chain is very important. The intended usage of chemical substances must be included into the “upstream” (to manufacturer of chemical substances) and “downstream” (to customer and user of chemical substances) information. A new European Chemical Agency in Helsinki administers the registration and notification requirement of chemical substances within the scope of REACH.
Sika has arranged and organized itself with the requirements of the REACH. Throughout the Sika Group experts are working uniformly together on REACH – across all borders.
The Sika Group has implemented REACH throughout its entire organization and has initiated internally the Project "Sika and REACH". A dedicated REACH Implementation Manager within Sika works to coordinate all internal and external REACH related activities.
Under REACH Sika has the following responsibilities:
- Sika is primarily a downstream user and in this position will check and ensure that Sika´s usages and applications are considered and supported by our upstream suppliers.
- Additionally, as a downstream user we are a manufacturer of products (mixtures) and will check that only (pre-)registered substances are used. This must also be coordinated with our suppliers.
- Sika also imports substances and in this case has the role of the registrant.
- Under REACH, Sika manufactures some of its own substances. These will also be registered.
The goal is to further secure and maintain the supply of Sika products to customers. In order to achieve this we are in close contact with our suppliers and closely monitor their activities – with focus on the registration under REACH. We believe this is a significant and vital step in securing continued availability.