What is REACH Testing?

REACH is a European Union Regulation concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals. REACH aims to give industry greater knowledge about the chemicals it uses and ultimately this contributes to the prevention of health problems caused by exposure to chemicals.

The risks

A large number of chemicals listed under REACH are substances of very high concern (SVHCs) due to their carcinogenic, mutagenic and toxic (to reproduction) properties. In addition to this, certain listed chemicals are categorised as PBTs (persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic), and vPvBs (very persistent, very bioaccumulative) meaning that they have adverse effects on both human health and the environment.

Why Reach testing and analysis is necessary…

REACH covers all chemical substances manufactured in, or imported into the EU in quantities of 1 tonne per year or more. Registration under REACH is for substances only, however, the provisions of the regulation apply to the manufacture, placing on the market or use of substances on their own, in preparations or in articles. Following this the ECHA checks all registration dossiers for completeness and decides whether additional testing is necessary. For those chemical substances deemed to be of very high concern (SVHCs) an authorization and restriction process may be required.

Products may need to be tested at an independent laboratory in order to ensure REACH testing compliance. SVHC test screening and risk assessments are important tools in managing risk.

Why choose BLC to conduct your REACH testing and analysis?

  • One of the fastest testing laboratories in Europe
  • Experts in REACH testing and compliance – over 90 years experience
  • Technical support and guidance if and when failures occur
  • Solutions to cleanse and reduce toxic chemicals from your supply chain
  • Expert advice and solutions on legislation and supply chain compliance
  • Access to chemical supply chain specifications