EFCA has produced an INFORMATION DOCUMENT – ADMIXTURES AND REACH which details the REACH processes and both available to download
or from our Publications
REACH Guidelines are also available from our French ( http://www.synad.fr/ ) and German ( http://www.deutsche-bauchemie.com ) National Associations.
What is REACH?
With the objective of protecting human health and the environment, REACH is a European regulation designed to ensure the safe supply and use of chemical substances. Industry itself becomes legally responsible for managing the risk of chemicals.
REACH means the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals. Under it, three categories of product are identified:
All chemical substances which are not exempted from registration in annex IV or V of REACH have to be registered with the new European Chemicals Agency. Registration requires manufacturers and importers of substances to submit information in a standardised format to demonstrate that they know about the most important properties of their chemicals, and that they are managing the hazards and risks adequately. Neither preparations nor articles have to be registered, though safety data sheets (SDSs) may be necessary if they meet the classification criteria as dangerous.
Special requirements apply to ‘Substances of very high concern’ (SVHC), which require specific authorisation by the Chemicals Agency. To minimise any risk in the use of chemicals, REACH attaches great importance to communication of information up and down the supply chain:
How does the admixture industry comply with REACH?
Most admixtures will be classified as preparations under REACH and admixture producers will be downstream users.
Use Reports (UseR)
EFCA and Deutsche Bauchemie eV have co-operated to produce a series of USE REPORT TABLES (UseR) for ADMIXTURES using the same format as the formulation and end-use of Construction Chemicals.
The Use Reports “UseR-CC” are intended to primarily fulfil two tasks:
Serve as a source of information for substance manufacturers and importers, who want to prepare exposure scenarios for substances intended for use in the construction chemical industry.
Serve as a source of information for formulators of construction chemical products, who want to inform their suppliers “in REACH speak” about their uses. The tables also support formulators of construction chemical products in the structuring of raw materials used and products manufactured.
The tables provide descriptions of standard uses in the construction chemical industry. They were developed according to the system and format named “UseR”, which was agreed at European level.
To cover the formulation of the preparation and the end-use of ADMIXTURE PREPARATIONS it is necessary to combine one at least of the formulation/synthesis scenarios UseR-CC-1-1, UseR-CC-1-2 or UseRCC-2 with the relevant end-use scenarios UseR-CC-5-1 / UseR-CC 6-1 (professional) or UseR-CC-7 / UseR-CC-8 (consumer), ie: