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REACH and plastics

How does chemicals regulation affects us all

REACH is an acronym for Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals and applies indistinctly to all chemicals.

This is a regulation that affects us closely because chemical materials are everywhere and are present in many commonly used products, including PVC pipes and plastic materials.

What is the REACH Regulation and how does it work?

In 2019, Italy launched the National Chemicals Control Plan that applies the European Regulation 1907 of 2006, known to all as REACH.

REACH is important because not only does it include a detailed list of chemicals with all their characteristics, but it incorporates the principle that it is the responsibility of industry to manage the risks of chemicals and to provide information whether it produces them, uses them or places them on the market.

ADFlex does not produce plastic materials, but uses them and puts them on the market: REACH therefore also concerns us.

The regulation relates not only to dangerous chemicals but to all chemicals, pure or mixed: we are talking about over 30 thousand substances to be tested and evaluated. Substances not registered under REACH may not be sold or used.

Although we only use certified materials in accordance with REACH on our production lines, the European Chemical Agency (ECHA) has provided tables with all the hazardous chemicals that need special treatment. We share them here for transparency.

REACH is not a static document, but it is a constantly developing regulation and it is our duty to stay up to date: for example, to date the latest news is in July 2020 and concerns the restriction of use of 4 phthalates used in the formulation of plasticizers for pvc.