Chemical Compliance

With increasing concern about the adverse effects on our health and environment from hazardous substances, many countries and regions of the world including the European Union, the United States and China, have enacted legislation and restrictions for a number of hazardous chemical substances. These requirements affect a variety of industries including apparel, footwear, hardlines, electronic and electrical, toys and juvenile products.

 

There is also continued pressure from governmental agencies, non-governmental organisations and a changing competitive marketplace to reduce the exposure of the user and environment to various chemicals that present health hazards. Many brands, retailers and manufacturers have already adopted chemical management programs to address this challenge.

What are some of the global regulations related to Chemical Management Programmes?

 

Numerous regulations exist around the world and many vary by country and/or region. Regulations that apply to apparel, footwear, hardlines, toys and juvenile products include:

·         REACH Regulation (EC) No. 1907/2006 Annex XVII

·         The National Standard of the People’s Republic of China GB 18401

·         Japanese Law for the Control of Household Products Containing Harmful Substances (Law No. 112)

·         U.S. Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA)

·         German Food, Feed and Commodities Law (2002/96/EC)

·         California Proposition 65 Settlements

 

Specific regulations also apply to electrical and electronic appliances. Two regulations affecting electrical and electronic products are the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive (2002/96/EC) and the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive. 

What types of chemicals are commonly included in Chemical Management Programmes?

  • Heavy Metals (Pb, Cd, Hg, Cr (VI))
  • Flame Retardants (PBB, PBDE)
  • Nickel Release
  • Formaldehyde
  • Banned Aromatic Amines (Azo Dyestuffs)
  • Allergenic & Carcinogenic Dyestuffs
  • Organo Tin Compounds (TBT, DOT, DBT, TPhT)
  • Chlorinated Paraffins (C10 - C13)
  • Dimethyl Fumarate
  • Halogenated Compounds (PCBs, PCTs, Chlorinated Phenols)
  • Pesticides (Aldrin, Lindane, PCP, TeCP)
  • Phthalates (DINP, DNOP, DEHP, DIDP, DBP & BBP)
  • Biocide Finishes

 

At Bureau Veritas, we can define and develop a holistic Chemical Management Programme based on your needs. We can identify regulatory, industry, and market best practices related to chemical concerns, so that your program reflects your objectives and goals. Our services include:

  • Consulting services to assist with program design as well as training services for internal staff and supply chain business partners.
  • Factory Chemical Management Systems designed to minimise the use of certain chemicals by the manufacturer either intentionally or unintentionally.
  • Testing Programmes to perform hazard and risk-based evaluations of various chemical concerns.
  • Factory Audits to continuously monitor your supply chain for compliance and improvement.
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