Entries by Andy Gbur

Your Options for UK REACH Compliance

As a chemical importer into the United Kingdom, Brexit poses many challenges and uncertainties for your REACH obligations. If a deal is struck between the UK and the European Union, EU REACH should continue in the UK with an implementation period of 6-24 months to UK REACH. But if the hard-stop Brexit scenario does occur on […]

The Implications of EU Phthalate Restrictions

Phthalates are a family of substances commonly used in many plastics today, enhancing everyday products with flexibility and endurance. They were a scientific breakthrough that had been a win-win for everyone. Yet, now with greater understanding, phthalates have been classified as a Category 1B reprotoxin (endocrine disruptors) and thus have been the subject of many […]

EU to Hold All Importers To Greater Accountability

The EU has generated numerous substance regulations over the past few years: Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPS), REACH, VOC Directive, CLP ROHS, WEEE and even some CE marking directives. Whenever someone asks about enforcement of these regulations I usually point them to the Rapid Alert System for dangerous non-food products (RAPEX) where they see a limited scope of […]

You Might Want to Review Your REACH Dossier: ECHA to Step up Compliance Checks

In May 2019, ECHA, with support from the European Commission, announced it will take increased action against REACH non-compliance. This comes as an urgent response to the high numbers of missing or inaccurate data in the registration dossiers.  Data accuracy is vital to achieve its mission to provide information on the substances within the EU market.   With ECHA increasing dossier checks from 5% to 20% across all registrations, not just lead […]