REACH

The new EU regulation for chemicals (Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006) in force since 1 June 2007, bearing the acronym REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals), has enforced measures concerning health and environment for substances that also concern Fitco S.A. Moreover the new CLP Regulation (Classification, Labelling and Packaging) of EU (EC/1272/2008) has imposed additional requirements to the classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures. FITCO S.A is committed to meet legal obligations under REACH and CLP legislation.

PRE REGISTRATIONS – REGISTRATIONS - NOTIFICATIONS

SUBSTANCECAS No.EINECS No.PRE-REGISTRATION No.REGISTRATION No.NOTIFICATION No.
COPPER (Cu)7440-50-8231-159-617-2119544016-47-0000-02-2119653801-40-0000
ZINC (Zn)440-66-6231-175-3-01-2119467174-37-0083-
LEAD (Pb)7439-92-1231-100-417-2119544040-56-0000-02-2119650791-36-0000

Fitco has proceeded with the required notification of substances covered by REACH, according to the CLP Regulation. Notification numbers are listed in table 1 of chapter pre-registration.

Registration

Substances in quantities of ≥ 1 t/y that are manufactured in or imported into the European Union shall be registered at the ECHA in Helsinki. The registration dossier includes detailed information on physical – chemical, toxicological and ecotoxicological properties.

As soon as the planned risk assessment scenarios and subsequent studies on pre-registered materials become available, we will proceed with registration within the proposed time frames (Dec 2010, June 2013 or June 2018). The risk assessments concern all the substances produced or imported from non-EU countries by Fitco.

As regards the registration of Zinc, Fitco has registered Zinc for quantities 100 -1000 tonnes/year in May 2013 (registration number appears in table 1 of chapter pre-registration).

Furthermore Fitco’s  suppliers are obliged to follow similar registration procedures as required by the above legislation.

In addition Fitco will inform its customers in due time about the registration numbers as soon as they are available.

Canditate List - List of Substances subject to Authorisation

Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC - e.g. CMR, PBT and vPvB substances) are also  in the focus of the authorization process. ECHA (European Chemicals Agency) is committed to publish within 2009, in the currently still incomplete Annex XIV of the Regulation, the list of substances that characterized as SVHC. When this process is completed, a substance will have either a temporal authorization for particular use, or a complete ban.

The first Candidate List of Substances of Very High Concern for authorization has been published on the Internet by ECHA, on the 28th of October 2008 and has been updated several times since then. The last updated list can be seen in the following link:

http://echa.europa.eu/chem_data/candidate_list_table_en.asp

Based on the current  Candidate List we can declare that:

Our products are free of SVHC (such as CMRs, PBTs and vPvBs).

Following the publication of the above referenced list of Annex XIV, its contents will be reviewed and subsequent notification will be provided regarding relevance of the listed substances to our products.

Communication in the supply chain and downstream users

One of the main aspects of REACH is to proceed with possible exposure scenarios and risk assessments related to the processing and final use of substances. Information on the use of a substance must be communicated in the supply chain right through to the manufacturer/importer so that it can be taken into consideration during the Chemical Safety Assessment.

REACH contact person
Mr. Vassilis Solidakis
Reach Officer Halcor S.A.
Τ: +30 22620 48835
F: +30 22620 48914
Email: reach@halcor.com