REACH testing

REACH is an essential EU legislative framework controlling chemical safety. The latest amendment comes into force on the 1st of November 2020.

In October 2018 the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced their one of the largest amendments to Annex XVII of REACH in recent years concerning carcinogenic, mutagenic or reprotoxic (CMR) substances in textiles (Regulation (EU) 2018/1513).

33x new substances have been added in total with many of the substances already restricted by other entries of Annex XVII of REACH or other existing EU legislation; In the case of dispute the lower limit shall apply.

These new REACH restrictions apply to:

  • Clothing
  • Textiles that may come into contact with skin in a similar manner to clothing
  • Footwear

Certain products are however, exempt from these new REACH restrictions:

  • Leather, fur and hide portions of clothing and footwear
  • Carpets, rugs and textile floor coverings
  • Non-textile fasteners or accessories

For a full list of the 33x restricted substances and their limits that your business will need to demonstrate compliance to through REACH testing, view the latest amendment on the EUR-Lex website.

REACH Testing for Leather, Textile and Synthetic Products

At Eurofins | BLC, we conduct REACH testing for leather, textile and synthetic articles for distribution and retail in the European Union:

  • Annex XVII testing for restricted substances
  • Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) testing/screening for REACH
  • Smart testing service for REACH – saving your business significant costs by combining materials for testing
  • Supply chain support
  • Legislative guidance on REACH regulations

Eurofins | BLC Members can benefit from advanced chemical compliance support for REACH testing, in addition to compliance with other international regulations. Another advantage of Membership is the discounted testing and training rates.

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Need help understanding your company’s compliance obligations to REACH?

We understand that REACH is a complex European legislation with multiple annexes listing chemicals and their respective compliance limits. In addition, there are 197x SVHCs and the Candidate List of Substances which outline potential future chemicals that may be regulated by REACH.

Designed for brands and retailers, the Half Day Understanding REACH Training Course held in Northampton, UK, will provide your business with clarification on what your legal obligations are for compliance with REACH regulation and provide tips on how you can go about conducting efficient REACH testing.

Upcoming 2019 course dates include 17th April and 11th September.

View the Understanding REACH Training Course

Contact a REACH Testing Expert at Eurofins | BLC

Discuss your REACH testing and training needs with one of our chemical compliance exerts today at Eurofins | BLC. Email or telephone +44 (0)1604 679 999.

REACH Testing for Compliance with Latest Amendment to Annex XVII