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The REACH regulation (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and restriction of Chemicals) by the EU Commission came into effect in June 2007.
The new regime places an obligation on all producers and importers of substances, including substances in mixtures, to conduct detailed chemical safety assessments of those substances and then register them with the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA).
REACH contains provisions requiring authorization, by ECHA and the European Commission, of substances identified to be of greatest concern, including substances which are carcinogenic, mutagenic, repro-toxic, persistent bio-accumulative and toxic or very persistent and very bio-accumulative.
This is intended to promote the substitution to less harmful alternatives. There are also new obligations about communication to customers and suppliers to maintain information both up and down the supply chain.
Tata Steel has closely monitored the development of REACH. We have identified our obligations and developed a strategy for ensuring that we fulfil them. In order to meet the requirements of REACH, Tata Steel has established a dedicated corporate level team to assist the businesses.
For additional information please visit: Tata Steel REACH
Under REACH, the steel products that Layde Steel supplies to its customers and downstream users are designated as articles.
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) periodically updates the Candidate list of Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) subject to the authorization process. Article 33 of REACH obliges suppliers of articles containing SVHC in a concentration greater than 0.1% w/w to communicate this information.
Up to now none of the substances in the SVHC Candidate list are present in a concentration above 0.1% w/w in the steel articles we supply to our customers.
We will continue to monitor the SVHC Candidate list and update customers and downstream users where relevant.
The updated Tata Steel REACH statements can be found here: Tata Steel REACH statements