REACH - Registration of Chemical Substances
The majority of businesses utilise chemicals in one form or another, no matter where they fall within the supply chain. Manufacturing, operating and cleaning processes all use chemicals, e.g. paints, metals, glues, solvents and cleaning detergents.
REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and restriction of Chemicals) is the European Union’s system for controlling chemicals. This became law on 01 June 2007; however the registration is being phased-in over several years.
Lucideon has extensive materials experience and is able to support you in your REACH submission(s). We can perform routine and customized analysis of chemicals/materials and provide detailed reports, complete with methods which will enable you to submit the required information to ECHA.
Registration applies to chemical substances which stand alone and those in formulations/preparations (mixture of substances) or articles (manufactured end products). To register substances, companies must submit a report to the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) which provides detailed analytical information for each chemical.
The final deadline is 01 June 2018. Before this point, companies manufacturing or importing chemical substances at or above 1 tonne per annum may have to register them*.
Examples of our REACH testing capabilities:
- FTIR (Fourier Transform Infrared Analysis) - identification of compounds and chemical functionality in the near-surface region of materials
- UV-Vis (Ultraviolet-Visible Spectrometry) - absorbance spectra of saturated solutions
- XRF (X-Ray Fluorescence Spectrometry) - major, minor and trace bulk elemental analysis of inorganic components
- XRD (X-Ray Diffraction) - crystallographic mineralogical analysis of solid materials for phase determination and direct comparison
- ICP-OES (Inductively Coupled Plasma - Optical Emission Spectroscopy) - determination of specific element concentrations
- GC-MS (Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry) - trace organic compound analysis as gases or volatile components.
- HPLC (High Performance Liquid Chromatography) - characterises a mixture of compounds by separation to identify and quantify the individual components
- Ash content or ignition loss
- Moisture content
- Solubility determination - concentration of a saturated solution
- Particle size
- Particle morphology - optical or electron microscopy to assess particle shape and structure.
We also offer additional routine and customized analytical techniques.
Further REACH information can be found on the Health and Safety Executive website: www.hse.gov.uk/reach
*Certain substances are excluded: radioactive substances, substances under customs supervision, the transport of substances, non-isolated intermediates, waste, and some naturally occurring low-hazard substances. In addition, some substances covered by more specific legislation have tailored provisions: human and veterinary medicines, food and foodstuff additives, and plant protection products and biocides.