REACH


The biggest regulatory change for tape businesses occured in 2008 with the enforcement of the framework of REACH (Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals). This European Union (EU) regulation initiated a wave of global legislation which is still under formulation, evaluation, enforcement, and scrutiny.

Under REACH, the burden of proof for demonstrating the safe use of existing chemicals has been transferred from the EU member states to industry. REACH aims to ensure that risks to human health and the environment are avoided or adequately controlled. The legislation affects not only manufacturers and importers of substances, but producers and importers of preparations, downstream users of substances and preparations, and the producers and importers of articles. To each of these roles are attached different and often far-reaching obligations.

Registration is one obligation under REACH that compels those who produce or import chemicals and mixtures (and perhaps polymers in the future) in quantities of 1 tonne or more per year to register these substances with the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA). Evaluation by ECHA of all registered chemicals started in 2012.


Impact: High

Because information on chemicals and formulations must be communicated up and down the entire supply chain, REACH affects the entire adhesive tape manufacturing industry. Companies which manufacture or import the chemicals which go into the production of adhesive tapes - thus in many cases both tape manufacturers and raw materials suppliers - either individually or in forums, must submit expensive dossiers to ECHA.


Registration
Evaluation
Authorisation
Restriction
Candidate List
Afera and FEICA member companies monitor CoRAP substance evaluation list
Registering polymers
EU regulation on 'articles'


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New Managing Director at VITO Irmen GmbH Co KG

Ralf Heiligtag, former Managing Director of tape manufacturer VITO Irmen GmbH & Co. KG of Remagen, Germany, retired on 30th June , 2018 after having successfully led the company for more than eleven years.

16 July 2018

Afera GATS Success, Athens Conference Launch

Afera, the European Adhesive Tape Association, announced today the resounding success of its 1st Global Adhesive Tape Summit, which boasted a sold-out programme of market and technical lectures, a company visit of Neenah Gessner GmbH, and biennial international test method and standards committee meetings.

2 July 2018

In memoriam: Dr. Rainer Rauberger

On behalf of the European tape community, we at Afera would like to extend our sincerest condolences to the family, friends, and VPF and Henkel co-workers of Dr. Rauberger, who is memorialised in their letter below.

2 May 2018

Afera to hold 1st Global Adhesive Tape Summit 11-15 June 2018 in Munich, Germany

Afera, the European Adhesive Tape Association, announced today its launch of the 1st Global Adhesive Tape Summit, a unique event bringing together companies along the adhesive tape value chain of not only Europe, but Asia, North America and the Middle East, for 4 days of learning about current technical advancements and market conditions, meeting on standardisation issues, and networking with industry leaders.

29 March 2018