Product and substance regulations
Prohibition and restriction lists
To protect human health and the environment from harmful chemicals, prohibition and restriction lists have been established at various levels.
At European level, the REACH Regulation governs the use of substances of very high concern (SVHC). Substances are then reviewed to assess whether they meet the SVHC criteria. If this is confirmed, the substance in question is placed on the list of candidates for inclusion in REACH Annex XIV (Authorisation List). From this point on, companies must inform the parties in the supply chain about this status.
Along with REACH Annex XIV, the best-known list is REACH Annex XVII, which restricts the manufacture, placing on the market and use of certain dangerous substances, mixtures and articles.
The Chemical Prohibition Ordinance applicable in Germany and the Water Hazard Classes are examples of prohibition and restriction lists in a national context.
The requirements of the various international agreements are specified in a global context. These include the Kyoto and Montreal protocols or the Rotterdam, Stockholm and Basel Conventions.
Restrictions and prohibitions on components of supplied raw materials also exist, however, at industry-specific levels. This can be seen, for instance, in the automotive industry, with the GADSL list.
In the broad field of prohibition and restriction lists, we handle the review of substances in terms of the following:
- SVHC properties
- Existing restrictions
- Existing prohibitions
- Declaration requirements