ECHA-Updated Guidance on Substances in Articles

« Following the recent judgement in the Court of Justice, ECHA is to update its Guidance on requirements for substances in articles. It will be completed in two stages.

The ruling, in case C-106/14, clarified the notification and communication obligations of operators in relation to articles that contain substances on the candidate list of substances of very high concern (SVHC), in a concentration above 0.1 % by weight.

The judgement says these obligations also apply to articles, which are present in complex products, as long as these articles keep a special shape, surface or design, or they do not become waste.

The two stages will be:

• a quick update, in the coming months, correcting the parts referring to the 0.1 % limit that are inconsistent with the judgement. Consultation will be restricted to the Competent Authorities for REACH and CLP (Caracal); and

• a more comprehensive exercise to allow for a general update and re-structuring of the document. This will be subject to the normal three-step guidance consultation process, including consultation of accredited stakeholders. »

Updated guidance on substances in articles :

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