REACH stands for Regulation, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals and is a regulation of the European Union (EC 1907/2006). Following the UK’s decision to leave the EU a separate entity UK REACH has been developed by the HSE.
The purpose of this regulation is to improve the protection of human health and the environment from the risks posed by chemicals. It places specific responsibilities on manufacturers, importers, and downstream users of chemicals.
Article 57 of the regulation defines criteria that identify Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC). Any substances identified as high concern are put on the candidate list for authorisation.
If a substance is added to the SVHC list and further added to the REACH authorisation list, it cannot be used after a given date (sunset date), unless an authorisation is granted for its specific use, or the use is exempted from authorisation. The notes of Annex 14 provide information on exemption.
The REACH SVHC list is not a static list, candidate substances are added to it periodically.
More details on the SVHC candidate list can be found on the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) website and the UK’s HSE website.
The Diamond Metal Finishing Company LTD is a downstream user of chemical substances including formulations and mixtures which contain SVHC. The registration of chemical substances including the applications for authorisation of SVHC are actioned by our chemical suppliers due to the minimal quantities of the products used by DMF in our processes.
The REACH SVHC list is not a static list, candidate substances are added to it periodically. More details on the SVHC candidate list can be found on the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) website. This information is also now duplicated with UK REACH and the HSE
The following finishes contain Chromium Trioxide EC No 215-607-8 in the formulation and mixtures used to produce. These substances may not be present in the same form on the article after coating, but the coating(s) will contain Cr VI (hexavalent chromium). Finish description – Declaration – REACH Authorisation, REACH/20/18/17 Not ELV or RoHS Compliant.
- Bonderite M CR 1200 Aero (replaced Alocrom 1200) – chromate conversion coating on aluminium
- Yellow/Gold Colour passivation on Zinc.
The following finishes contain Strontium Chromate EC No 232-142-6 in the formulation and mixtures used to produce them and are subject to authorisation. These substances may not be present in the same form on the article after coating, but the coating(s) will contain Cr VI (hexavalent chromium).
Finish description – Declaration – REACH Authorisation Pending
- BR 127 bond primer adhesive.
Uses are covered under Article 56 (2) by the application(s) for authorisation made by the members of the CTACSub (Chromium Trioxide Authorisation Consortium). These documents are available for viewing on the ECHA and the HSE’s websites.
All supply of these products into DMF are through members of this committee or through manufacturers whose product is purchased through these members.
Surface treatment for applications in the aeronautics and aerospace industries, unrelated to Functional chrome plating or Functional chrome plating with a decorative character.
Surface treatment (except passivation of tin-plated steel (ETP)) for applications in various industry sectors namely, architectural, automotive, metal manufacturing and finishing, and general engineering (unrelated to Functional chrome plating, or Functional chrome plating with decorative character).
The final use of the finished products is to be determined by the end user/customer. The DMF’s responsibility is to advise of the risks associated with these products and offer suitable alternatives if the option is available to the end user/customer. Handling of the parts after finishing requires minimal PPE such as cotton or nitrile gloves. Any alterations or changes to the parts by the customer such as abrasion or drilling should follow all necessary Health and Safety and PPE requirements as per the MSDS and TDS based on the presence of the above SVHC’s. DMF cannot advise on concentrations or percentage weight of SVHC on the finished product. We would advise contacting the manufacturer for any additional informatio