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REACH: The EU Chemicals Regulation
The REACH regulation, Regulation 1907/2006/EC on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals, is the European Union's regulatory framework on chemicals and their safe use. Among other provisions, it requires manufacturers and importers to gather information on the properties of their chemical substances or those they use so as to allow their safe handling.
Due to the wide-ranging implications of this regulation and its links with other regulatory requirements, Glass for Europe issued a statement to shed light on the status of flat glass products and its constituents under the REACH regulation.
For more background information, please check the technical document on the status of Flat Soda Lime Silicate Glass and its raw materials under REACH.
Flat glass manufacturers comply with all their legal requirements under the REACH regulation.
All the more, final flat glass products put on the market by Glass for Europe's member companies are not subject to registration or pre-registration and do not require to be accompanied with safety data sheet unless they contain a concentration of SVHC of above 0.1% by weight. Under the current status of substances of very high concern (SVHC) and to the best of Glass for Europe's knowledge, none of the flat glass products made available on the market currently contain SVHC in such quantities.
Please see also:
- The status of Flat Soda Lime Silicate Glass and its raw materials under REACH
- Glass for Europe statement on the status of flat glass products under the REACH regulation
- Glass for Europe statement on REACH and the composition of float glass