SGS publishes white paper on REACH SVHC smart solutions

REACH SVHC is part of a chemical safety and environmental protection regulation that is receiving considerable public attention. Product complexity and the continuous updating of the Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) candidate list have laid a heavy burden on the electrical and electronics industry. The SGS E&E technology experts have released a new white paper to help readers achieve compliance with REACH SVHC requirements through risk-based evaluation.

REACH SVHC Smart Solutions White Paper

The white paper discusses the current challenges of the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) SVHC compliance in the electrical and electronics industry. It first provides a brief summary of the REACH regulation, and goes specifically into details on the scope of SVHC requirements. The white paper then summarises and addresses the problems and drawbacks of existing approaches. 

Approaches for Information Acquisition

Suppliers, manufacturers and importers may use different approaches to acquire the information needed to fulfill the REACH SVHC requirements. Although existing approaches such as pure testing and quality management provide solutions to tackle this issue, these often result in high testing costs. Gathering the necessary information about the presence and level of SVHC in a product can place an additional burden on the supply chain. Furthermore, the data quality of self-declarations is not always as accurate as expected.

Demonstrating compliance with the help of third-party risk evaluation analysis can not only reduce compliance costs, but can also increase confidence in the compliance process. This white paper illustrates a more reasonable and cost-effective strategy for satisfying the SVHC requirements.

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