How REACH Testing Helps Reduce Chemical Risk in Consumer Products

How REACH Testing Helps Reduce Chemical Risk in Consumer Products

REACH Testing: Providing Assurance of Chemical Compliance in a Complex Global Supply Chain

The complexity of global supply chains presents an ongoing challenge to manufacturers, brands and retailers who are looking to sell their products in the European Union (EU).

 

Many consumer products are manufactured in supply chains where raw materials (including chemical inputs) and component parts are sourced from a number of different regions, each with its own variant of chemical legislation. In many cases, global supply chains can exceed thousands of suppliers across multiple tiers, which increases chemical risk.

 

REACH testing provides a business with assurance that their product is compliant with the Registration, Evaluation and Authorization of Chemical Substances (REACH) regulation (EC)1907/2006, signifying its suitability to be retailed, imported, distributed or to undergo further manufacturing within the EU.

 

REACH Testing Due Diligence Programme: Monitoring Chemical Risk During the Manufacturing Process

Chemical risk can also be increased by changes in the manufacturing process to lower quality, and often cheaper materials, which in some cases may not have been manufactured using responsible chemistry. This can have detrimental affects on consumers and factory workers’ health as well as environmental pollution.

 

Carrying out REACH testing on a regular basis as part of a structured due diligence programme, accounts for fluctuations in the chemical risk of the finished article caused by variations in the manufacturing process, changes to the materials used and changes in storage or transportation conditions. In addition, regular due diligence testing also helps to verify supplier claims of chemical compliance.

 

REACH Testing Services

BLC conducts REACH testing for a variety of consumer products:

 

BLC also offers a Smart REACH testing package for the above tests where products are risk assessed and targeted chemical testing is conducted. This is influenced by material composition, type of product and intended use.

 

Compliance Support for BLC Members

BLC provides a range of support services and toolkits to help Members comply with REACH:

 

Contact BLC to Discuss Your REACH Testing Needs

If your business needs to conduct REACH testing for consumer products or would like to set-up a regular due diligence testing programme, contact the Chemical Experts at BLC through email to info@blcleathertech.com or telephone +44 (0) 1604 679 999 or complete the web form at the bottom of this page.

2 August 2018

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