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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In memoriam: Glen Anderson

Afera learned the sad news this week of the loss of our friend and colleague, Glen Anderson.

15 March 2017

Adhesive tape field experts to educate industry newcomers from R&D to sales

Afera, the European Adhesive Tape Association, announced its eighth event organised, hosted and taught by the best and brightest of the field of adhesive tape. Unique to the European tape industry, Afera’s Tape College brings two days of learning about the fundamentals and current technical essentials of adhesive tape technology to professionals relatively new to the market.

21 February 2017

BASF SE declares force majeure

BASF SE declares force majeure for the supply of dispersions, dispersion powders and hotmelts on acrylic monomer basis from sites in Ludwigshafen and Tarragona

1 December 2016

September Newsletter gives practical advice to registrants

www.newsletter.echa.europa.eu, 21 September 2016 – This  issue includes useful advice to companies who are preparing their submissions for the REACH 2018 registration deadline and explains how ECHA checks the completeness of registration dossiers.  Read

3 October 2016

Pregis buying temporary protective films unit from 3M

www.plasticsnews.com, 8 September 2016 – Pregis LLC is buying 3M Co.’s temporary protective films business. For 3M, the sale is a chance to focus on other business units, including tapes.  Read

3 October 2016

Sticking electric vehicles

www.materialsviews.com, 15 August 2016 – Reduce prices and weight – and drive farther. That’s the “magic triangle” for automotive manufacturers and their suppliers when it comes to electric mobility.  Read

3 October 2016