On June 28, 2017, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced that it has comprehensively updated its “Guidance on requirements for substances in articles.” The guidance clarifies companies’ obligations under REACH “to communicate with customers and notify ECHA when substances of very high concern (SVHCs) are contained in the article.”
The updated guidance provides new examples in line with the September 2015 judgment of the European Court of Justice, specifying that “each of the articles incorporated as a component of a complex product is covered by the relevant duties to notify and provide information when they contain a substance of very high concern in a concentration above 0.1% of their mass” (FPF reported). In December 2015, EFSA had provided a “quick update” of the guidance, correcting it according to the court ruling.
ECHA (June 28, 2017). “Guidance on substances in articles updated.”
Chemical Watch (June 28, 2017). “ECHA issues updated guidance on substances in articles.”
ECHA (June 2017). “Guidance on requirements for substances in articles.” (pdf)