Communication about the safe use of products is an important responsibility. An increasing number of nations across the world recognise this and have adopted detailed product safety regulations. An example is the European Union’s (EU) regulatory framework for the management of Chemicals, known as REACH: Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals.
REACH—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. The primary purpose is to provide a high level of protection to human health and the environment through a single EU regulatory system, and the European Chemicals Agency has day-to-day oversight and management of the REACH requirements.
Components of Product Safety regulations include:
- Registration: In several regions, manufacturers and importers of chemicals have to register these goods at the appropriate Chemicals Agencies, 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 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. Many countries have implemented detailed rules for this purpose, which are based on a Globally Harmonised System so that the SDS format is similar across the world.
Gunvor & Product Safety
Many of the products that Gunvor sells are subject to Product Safety regulations and only may be placed on the market with a valid 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 applicable registration obligations.
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 Product Safety
For additional information on the implications of Product Safety regulations on Gunvor’s activities, customers are encouraged to contact us via their established business customer relationship manager. A network of Product Safety contacts exists throughout our various business units to enable more detailed information to be accessed as necessary.
Specific questions about Gunvor’s REACH registrations can be directed to the following address: REACH@gunvorgroup.com