What is REACH? REACH is the abbreviation of Registration, Evaluation and Authorization of Chemicals. Reach is a legislation, approved by the European Union that is designed to provide safety, health, environmental and use information about chemical substances to the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA). REACH requires manufacturers and importers to register chemical substances produced in or imported to the European Union market in excess of 1/to per year. REACH is the European manifestation of increasing worldwide concerns about the effect of human operations on society and the environment. Lamineries MATTHEY SA is committed to making our customers' transition into REACH as simple and straight-forward as possible for all of our products.
We have determined that our metal products, as mainly re-rolled in Switzerland and exported into the EU, are articles. This determination is based on the Guidance Document on Substances in Articles (see Guidance on requirements for substances in articles) classifying metals in massive or wrought form as articles.
According to this guidance document, substances in articles do not need to be registered unless a substance exceeds 1 metric tone per year per manufacturer or importer and the substance is intentionally released from the article. Normal processing of our products such as machining, grinding, welding, etc., as well as normal wear and tear are not considered as intentional releases.
It must be noted that if a metal product is in a form that is to be melted, such as ingots whose shape is materially changed, it is considered to be a substance (pure metal) or a preparation (alloy) whose constituents are subject to the requirements relative to Registration.
Here you will find the list of all the elements with their EC-Number and CAS-number used for the fabrication of the alloys that we deliver:
For articles containing a substance that is listed on the Candidate List of Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), the manufacturer or importer is required to inform the recipients of the article about the substance and how the article can be safely used if the listed substance is present in excess of 0.1 wt %. For Lamineries MATTHEY SA, as Exclusive distributor for Materion in Switzerland and Liechtenstein for copper beryllium and beryllium alloys, it is important to make it clear that beryllium is not listed on the first Candidate List.
Link to the list: echa.europa.eu/chem_data/candidate_list_en.asp
If any of our products contain a listed substance, you will be advised accordingly and we will ensure that your use is included in the substance registration dossier. The aim of authorization is to ensure that the risks from substances of very high concern are properly controlled or substitution is made if economically and technically viable. The publication of the Candidate List is a first step to identify substances that could require that their use be authorized. The first Candidate List of 15 substances to be considered for authorization became effective on October 28, 2008.
None of the substances in our products are on this list. Since the European Commission has determined that substances in articles are not subject to authorization, our customers buying articles will not be subject to use authorizations unless they incorporate a listed substance into one of our products.
Based on our understanding of the priorities being considered by the member states for identifying substances to be subject to Authorization, we believe that it is unlikely that substances in our metal products, including beryllium or lead, will require their uses to be authorized. The above information is being provided based upon current knowledge of REACH interpretations and guidelines. Please be advised that new interpretations and guidelines may change the above guidance. We will strive to keep you informed of any future changes; however, it is highly recommended that those involved with REACH implementation periodically consult the European Chemical Agency website.
Material safety data sheets (MSDS).
With the coming into force of the REACH Regulation (EC) No. 1907/2006 on 1 June 2007 the 91/155/EEC directive (information in material safety data sheets) has been repealed. The REACH Regulation does not explicitly state any transition periods for the revision of material safety data sheets (MSDS). Until further notice, it is assumed that the previous MSDS, respecting the 91/155/EEC directive can still be delivered at least until the end of the first registration period on 30 November 2010.
Our MSDS will be progressively modified in order to respect the new regulation and we will provide our customers with the required MSDS in due time
REACH contact person.
If you have any questions regarding the information provided above, would like a copy of any of the documents described in this summary or wish to provide feedback, please contact Lamineries MATTHEY SA, Mrs. Anne Geiser, Quality-Manager via phone at +41 32 752 32 45 or per e-mail.