Information on REACH

The REACH regulation is probably the most widely discussed chemical legislation in the electroplating industry.Therefore, we decided to provide our customers with various information about REACH. 



This glossary explains important terms and abbreviations of the EU chemicals legislation. You will find more definitions in the multilingual ECHA termbase.  

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SVHC in Schlötter Products

Plating processes use a wide variety of substances, some of which have already been classified as SVHCs (Substances of Very High Concern). REACH Article 33 requires manufacturers and distributors who supply an article which contains more than 0.1% weight by weight (w/w) of any Candidate List Substance of Very High Concern (SVHC) to provide their industrial customers with sufficient information. The Schlötter group is a supplier of preparations. Therefore, there is strictly speaking no duty of notification according to Article 33 for us. Nonetheless, we regard it as important to inform our customers on the use of SVHCs in our additives. We generally include a note on the classification of substances as SVHC in paragraph 15 of our Material Safety Data Sheets. We are aware of our duties under REACH and we will continue to monitor the SVHC situation via the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) website and will proactively notify you should the situation arise where any article processed by us contain SVHCs above the stated threshold. The authorisation process for substances which have been included to the candidate list by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) consists of several steps. In the outcome of this process, it will be determined whether a given substance will be subject to authorisation, which uses of the included substances will not need authorisation, and the sunset date by when a substance can no more be used without authorisation.

To date following substances currently used in Schlötter additives have been included to the candidate list. However, it is extremely unlikely that any of these SVHCs will be present on the finished article in a concentration above 0.1% on a weight for weight basis.



Questions on REACH?

If you have questions on REACH, Dr Joachim Heermann, QA officer at Schlötter, will be happy to assist you. Dr Heermann ist deputy head of the ZVO REACH department and a regular contributor to the REACH column in the German magazine "Galvanotechnik".


Obligations of Downstream Users

Obligations of downstream users when using candidate substances (SVHC), Annex XIV substances or Annex XVII substances in a nutshell (pdf).