The European Union (EU) regulation known as REACH—Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (EC No. 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2006)—places responsibility on industry to demonstrate the safety of its products throughout the supply chain. This is the EU’s regulatory framework for the management of Chemicals. The European Chemicals Agency has day to day oversight and management of the REACH requirements.
The primary purpose is to provide a high level of protection to human health and the environment through a single EU regulatory system.
- Registration: Under REACH, manufacturers and importers of chemicals in volumes of one ton or more per year have to register them at European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) in Helsinki, submitting a large dossier with information on, for example, hazardous properties, animal testing results, uses and safe ways of handling them. Following registration, evaluation takes place through a consultation process involving the member states and, depending on the outcome, restrictions on the use of the substance may be formulated. For certain substances, a ban from the market may result unless an authorisation for certain uses has been granted.
- Providing Material Safety Data Sheets (SDS): Manufacturers, importers and distributors are obliged to provide a SDS to the recipient of the substance or product. The REACH regulation specifies into detail how this should be done.
Gunvor & REACH
Many of the products that Gunvor sells are subject to the REACH regulation and only may be placed on the market with a valid REACH registration. It applies, for example, to petroleum substances. Refineries owned by Gunvor hold their own set of registrations for the products they produce. Gunvor also holds a number of registrations for substances it imports into the EU. For other products, Gunvor relies on the registrations of the producers and importers who are supplying to Gunvor. This approach ensures Gunvor’s entire product portfolio has been covered by REACH.
Gunvor’s Safety Data Sheets
Access to Gunvor’s SDS is made available to customers through exchange of emails and dedicated links.
Additional Information on REACH
For additional information on the implications of REACH implementation on Gunvor’s activities, customers are encouraged to contact us via their established business customer relationship manager. A network of REACH contacts exists throughout our various business units to enable more detailed information to be accessed as necessary.
Specific questions about Gunvor’s REACH registrations: REACH@gunvortrade.ch
General information on REACH can be found at the following links: