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 hits 5000 Twitter followers

Afera, the European Adhesive Tape Association, announced today that its Design that sticks: scanning the web for next product design Twitter account @_ProductDesign has drawn an audience of more than 5,000 multi-industry design and process engineers who are only just learning about the use of tape as a multifaceted bonding solution.

14 November 2018

H.B. Fuller to showcase HMPSA for courier bags and tapes at Labelexpo India

www.adhesives.specialchem.com, 22 October 2018 – The need for safe, secure and tamper-proof courier bags also has increased manifold as the e-commerce industry continues to grow, which is of special significance in India with 374 million internet subscribers and 1.17 billion mobile subscribers.  Read      

2 November 2018

3M develops high-adhesion surgical tape for high-moisture environments

www.adhesives.specialchem.com, 22 October 2018 – Unplanned extubations or dislodgement can significantly impact clinical outcomes, patient care quality and cost targets, so it’s incredibly important that clinicians are confident that the tape they choose will perform.  Read      

2 November 2018

Secos shifting film manufacturing to Malaysia

www.plasticsnews.com, 29 October 2018 – Bioplastics manufacturer Secos Group Ltd. will move its cast film manufacturing to Malaysia from Melbourne, Australia.  Read      

2 November 2018

Taping: A magical fix for your injuries?

www.star2.com, 26 October 2018 – If you tune in to any sports channel or attend a sporting event, you’d have noticed athletes strapping various body parts with multi-coloured tapes.  Read      

2 November 2018

Investors put more pressure on plastics pollution issues

www.plasticsnews.com, 18 October 2018 – Concern over plastic marine pollution and waste among institutional investors has grown sharply over the last 18 months, according to the organizer of a $1 trillion campaign to pressure major consumer brands to reduce their plastics use.  Read      

2 November 2018

Sustainability perspectives: Mondi

www.packagingeurope.com, 17 October 2018 – Mondi's innovation and sustainability manager Graeme Smith addresses the goals for sustainable packaging and the need for the whole value chain to embrace the responsibility for bringing through a new generation of resource-efficient, recyclable solutions.  Read      

19 October 2018

Lunamelt PS 4015 for courier bags and tapes

www.hbfuller.com, 16 October 2018 – H.B. Fuller introduces to the Indian market a versatile, fast bonding and high performance hot melt PSA, that can be applied to a variety of substrates.  Read    

19 October 2018

New Beiersdorf CEO is a move for continuity

https://global.handelsblatt.com, 16 October 2018 – Beiersdorf, the maker of Nivea and La Prairie, saw its share price double in the last CEO's tenure.  Read    

19 October 2018

Antifouling: Using fouling release films

www.european-coatings.com, 15 October 2018 – As many biocides face regulatory pressure, biocide-free fouling release coatings are increasingly in the focus of R&D.  Read  

19 October 2018

Smart adhesives: a firm future

www.european-coatings.com, 15 October 2018 – As many biocides face regulatory pressure, biocide-free fouling release coatings are increasingly in the focus of R&D.  Read  

19 October 2018

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