Substances of very high concern = major market opportunities or products of concern?
Do the products you sell in Europe contain REACH candidate substances of very high concern (SVHC)? While the question may seem relatively simple, the answer is often less easy. Many companies do not have a fine grasp on the chemicals present in their product components and are thus exposing themselves to major risks. For example, many manufacturers are unaware that the simple fact that 15 substances were listed on the website of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) triggered obligations for anyone providing articles that contain these substances. As the table shown further below in this article illustrates, thousands of different products are impacted. Moreover, the publication of the list of SVHCs has prompted a growing number of companies to cease buying products or components for which no declaration affirming the absence of these substances is forthcoming from the manufacturer.