The REACH regulation came into force on 1 June 2007 and organises the management of chemicals in the European Economic Area (EEA). REACH stands for Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals. That regulation requires for example:
- That all substances on their own or in mixtures manufactured or imported in the EEA from 1 ton per year and per manufacturer or per importer have to be registered.
- That information on substances has to be communicated up and down the supply chain.
AGC Glass Europe complies with REACH Regulation.
The glass itself, which is the basic constituent of AGC Glass Europe products, is exempt from registration following Annex VII.
The final products that AGC puts on the market and supplies are not substances nor mixtures, but articles. AGC is mainly a downstream user of substances and mixtures, in order to produce its own articles. In this case, AGC takes care that its suppliers have pre-registered or registered their substances and are in compliance with REACH Regulation. From the beginning of 2009, AGC is discussing with its suppliers to ensure that AGC uses and its customers uses are considered and registered by its suppliers.
In some specific cases, AGC can be an importer of substances, and we have made sure that all imported substances are registered according to REACH requirements.
AGC Glass Europe has a long standing policy of avoiding the presence of dangerous substances in its articles as much as possible. This is emphasized via the Cradle-to-Cradle certifications that AGC has on a wide range of its building products. However, if it appears that any of our articles contain any Substance of Very High Concern (SVHCs) that may become subject to authorisation (SVHC on the Candidate List), we provide our recipients with all the relevant information pursuant to Article 33.1. Our communication is done through our REACH declaration (available on our YourGlass product website) and through more particular declarations to recipients of the articles.
Besides REACH regulation topics, the Corporate Sustainability & Product Stewardship Department responds to other legislative concerns or customers' questions related to chemicals management in products.