on EU regulation REACH, (EC) No. 1907/2006
REACH, (EC) No. 1907/2006, is an EU
regulation that entered into force on 1 June 2007. The
main objective of the legislation is to protect human health and the environment
from risks posed by chemicals and to transfer responsibility for risk
assessment to manufacturers, importers and the companies that sell chemical
REACH includes, among other things,
requirements for the registration of chemical substances. Those who manufacture
and import a substance must identify the risks associated with the substance
and register it, if it is manufactured or imported in quantities of more than
one tonne per year. If the substance is not registered, it may not be sold. The
registration is done with ECHA, the European Chemicals Agency.
According to the REACH regulation,
Westmetall is seen as a distributor of metals and not a producer or importer of
Westmetall sells products that contain
chemical substances, which must be registered according to REACH articles
7.1-5. However, the registration requirement no longer applies because
the substances have already been registered by our suppliers or importers.
In cases where Westmetall sells a product
containing an SVHC substance (Substances of Very High Concern), we are obliged
to inform the customer.
Examples of alloys containing SVHC are EN
AW-6026, -2007 & -2011. The lead
value of the mentioned alloys is above the SVHC limit. Replacement alloys exist
and have been implemented by Westmetall, which means that today we primarily market
& stock alloys that are within the limit value for lead.