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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Afera to reach new markets with 55-page website expansion on new generation of adhesive tapes

Afera, the European Adhesive Tape Association, announced today the launch of the Why tape? section of its website dedicated to inspiring design and process engineers with the broad functionality and range of advantages of adhesive tape. Why tape? is a journey of illustration and description of what tape is and how it can be used, its versatility, benefits and ease of application,the diverse markets in which it is used, and what current designers think about it.

30 March 2017

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

Walter Stampfli, the new CEO

www.artimelt.com, 4 January 2017 – Walter Stampfli has 19 years of experience in the global adhesives industry.  Read

15 February 2017

Ichemco expands

www.ichemco.it, 17 January 2017 – Ichemco expands its well-known TACKSOL Pressure Sensitive Adhesives series (ready-to-coat solvent-borne natural rubber PSA) with new low viscosity products combined with an excellent wettability.

15 February 2017

FEICA unveils a new logo

www.feica.eu, 24 January 2017 – FEICA, the Association of the European Adhesive and Sealant Industry, has updated its logo, giving it a fresh new look, and marking the most significant change in the Association’s visual identity in twenty years.  Read

15 February 2017

BASF offers sustainable solutions for the packaging industry at Interpack 2017

www.basf.com, 2 February 2017 – At Interpack 2017, taking place in Düsseldorf from May 4 to 10, BASF experts and specialists from BTC Europe, the distribution organisation of BASF, will present a wide range of products and innovations from its packaging portfolio in hall 10, booth 43.  Read

15 February 2017

BASF offers sustainable solutions for the packaging industry at Interpack 2017

www.basf.com, 2 February 2017 – At Interpack 2017, taking place in Düsseldorf from May 4 to 10, BASF experts and specialists from BTC Europe, the distribution organisation of BASF, will present a wide range of products and innovations from its packaging portfolio in hall 10, booth 43.  Read

15 February 2017

Industry professional seeks new challenge in NL

Seasoned adhesives and tapes senior specialist is looking for a new challenge. Widely recognised expert with over two decades of international experience in the industry. Excellent team leader skills. Highly innovative, scientific and unconventional thinker. Location must be in the Netherlands (as reason for change is family).  Contact Afera Secretary-General Astrid Lejeune

15 February 2017