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REACH applies to substances: as such, in preparations and in articles.
The EU REACH regulation (Registration, Evaluation and Authorization of Chemicals) entered into force on June 1, 2007. The regulation imposes new obligations on companies. REACH applies to substances: as such, in preparations and in articles. Articles are defined as objects which during production are given a special shape, surface or design which determines their functions to a greater degree than does their chemical composition. Such articles are also electrical and electronic products and their components.
REACH thereby introduces obligations for companies in the electrical and electronic industry importing to or manufacturing products in the European Union or using such substances for professional use.
SGS Finland offers versatile REACH services with the help of which industry can fulfil the obligations of the REACH regulation.
Identify your REACH obligations with the help of our expert services ….
Our experts clarify which requirements REACH implies for your products or business, for instance:
Communication through the supply chain (regardless of production/import amount) Data collection from suppliers Pre-registration of substances in articles by December 1, 2008 at the European Chemical Agency Notification of Substances of Very High Concern in articles Restrictions of substances (or prohibitions) Obligations with regard to substances used … and to ensure business continuity
New obligations, costs and restrictions influence the supply chain to a significant extent. The companies must also make sure that their supply chain is prepared for REACH and that the components remain available.  SGS helps companies communicate with their suppliers, competitors, customers and the authorities. Our experts can take care of the pre-registration or give advice on participation in the SIEF (Substance Information Exchange Forum) or a consortium.
Training services
SGS Academy arranges training for the REACH regulation.
The next training event is designed for companies in the electrical and electronic field. It will be held (in Finnish) on April 17, 2008 in Helsinki. For more information www.fi.sgs.com/fi/training_schedule_fimko.fi. We also arrange customer-tailored training. Please contact us about your specific needs.
REACH requires ecotoxicological and toxicological testing
The European Chemical Agency (ECHA http://echa.europa.eu) , established in Finland handles the registration documents and updates and manages the registered substance database. The registration requires that the products are tested. In addition to physiochemical testing also ecotoxicological and toxicological testing is often required.
SGS Finland provides you with a comprehensive analysis and testing package which in addition to Finnish testing resources is complemented with the SGS Group resources. On behalf of our customers we take care of the contacts to SGS laboratories with regard to enquiries, clarification request, testing orders, sampling and sample dispatches.
For more information, please contact: Ms. Adeline MaijalaSenior specialist
t: +358 9 6963 466 or +358 50 5705 969
E-mailMs. Anita KinanenDepartment Manager
Laboratory services
t: +358 5 2106 250 or +358 400 595 344
E-mailMr. Tom TörnCertification Director
t: +358 9 6963 474 or +358 40 5235 944
E-mailMore information regarding REACH you can find on our website www.sgs.com/reach.
Contact Name SGS Fimko Oy
Address P.O. Box 30, FI-00211 Helsinki, Finland
Tel +358 9 6963 61
Fax +358 9 6925 474
E-mail
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