3 February 2010
Eurofins Product Testing Services China announced today that its recently operational, state-of-the-art laboratory in Shenzhen, China has implemented the test methods necessary for the testing of new Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) that have recently been confirmed as part of the REACH candidate list. This is in addition to the 15 SVHCs already recognised. Following the official publication of the new SVHC candidate list, the requirements relating to these compounds have come into force with immediate effect and manufacturers and importers of virtually all products that are to be sold in Europe must comply or withdraw the goods from sale. As might be expected, a Substance of Very High Concern is classified as either carcinogenic, mutagenic, toxic to reproduction or bioaccumulative and they are used in an extremely wide range of products that can be found in almost every household.
The REACH regulation sets out a limit for each SVHC compound to be 0.1% by weight in any product. In addition, information must be provided to ensure the safe handling of the product. Failure to comply with these requirements could result in penalties and fines from individual EU member countries, as well as the demand that the products concerned are withdrawn from sale.
The 15 new candidates for the list are frequently present in products such as rubber products, pigments, polymers including polyurethane and PVC. They include oil-based substances used to manufacture anthracene and carbon black, and coal tar that is widely used to produce electrodes for industrial applications. There are also pigments based on lead chromate which are included in a wide variety of paints and coatings and refractory ceramic compounds that are added to many high temperature applications. Organic substances include acrylamide used for synthesis of polyacrylamide (waste water treatment and paper processing) and 2,4-dinitrotoluene used in the production of flexible foams or car airbags. Finally there are plasticizers such as diisobutyl phthalate and tris(2-chloroethyl)phosphate which have flame retardant properties. These SVHCs therefore have a range of applications that make them widely used in many industries, in particular those that manufacture plastic components or electronic products as well as cars, textiles, furniture, the construction industry and many more.
Without chemical analysis of these products it is almost impossible to assess whether any of the above 15 SVHC candidates, or indeed the previous 15 SVHC compounds published in 2008, are present in a product and particularly if the 0.1% by weight limit is exceeded. They may enter the supply chain at any stage from raw material sourcing to final packaging of consumer goods. Eurofins Product Testing China offers expert chemical analysis for all of the listed SVHC compounds at its state-of-the-art laboratory in Shenzhen, China.
Furthermore Eurofins offers locally-based manufacturers, exporters and buying offices safety performance testing through its laboratories in Shenzhen and Shanghai. These provide for such aspects as conformity, flammability and quality / defect analysis (amongst others) through physical, mechanical, electrical and microbiology testing for consumer goods.
In Europe, product safety testing for the presence of SVHCs is carried out at the Group's Galten, Denmark
laboratories. Eurofins also has a centre of excellence dedicated to REACH in Niefern, Germany. Specialisms there include Physical Chemistry, Toxicology and Ecotoxicology: the type of testing needed to comply with the deadlines for registration set out by the European Chemicals Agency ("ECHA"). In general these are determined by tonnage manufactured or imported, with 1,000 tonnes/p.a. being required to be registered by 1 December 2010, 100 tonnes/p.a. by 1 June 2013 and 1 tonne/p.a. by 1 June 2018. Specifically, SVHCs also have to meet the 2010 deadline.
The Eurofins Group offers globally the full portfolio of tests in order to serve customers who are under the scope of the REACH directive. With over ¤20m recently invested globally in state-of-the-art laboratories dedicated to REACH testing, Eurofins can provide the capacity, expertise and equipment needed to satisfy almost all testing needs for the new legislation.
For further information please contact:
Dr Matthias-Wilbur Weber
CEO Asia Pacific and Global Product Testing
Tel. : +32 2 766 1620
Phone: +32-2-769 7383
Notes for the editor:
Eurofins - a global leader in bio-analysis
Eurofins Scientific is a life sciences company operating internationally to provide a comprehensive range of analytical testing services to clients from a wide range of industries including the pharmaceutical, food and environmental sectors.
With 8,000 staff in more than 150 laboratories across 30 countries, Eurofins offers a portfolio of over 25,000 reliable analytical methods for evaluating the authenticity, origin, safety, identity, composition and purity of biological substances and products. The Group is committed to providing its customers with high quality services, accurate results in time and, if requested, expert advice by its highly qualified staff.
The Eurofins Group is the world leader in food testing and one of the global market leaders in pharmaceuticals and environmental testing. It intends to pursue its dynamic growth strategy and expand both its technology portfolio and its geographic reach. Through R&D and acquisitions, the Group draws on the latest developments in the field of biotechnology to offer its clients unique analytical solutions and the most comprehensive range of testing methods.
As one of the most innovative and quality oriented international players in its industry, Eurofins is ideally positioned to support its clients' increasingly stringent quality and safety standards and the demands of regulatory authorities around the world.
The shares of Eurofins Scientific are listed on the NYSE Euronext Paris (ISIN FR0000038259) and Frankfurt (WKN 910 251) Stock Exchanges (Reuters EUFI.PA, Bloomberg ERF FP).
This press release contains forward-looking statements and estimates that involve risks and uncertainties. The forward-looking statements and estimates contained herein represent the judgement of Eurofins Scientific as of the date of this release. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees for future performance, and the forward-looking events discussed in this release may not occur. Eurofins Scientific disclaims any intent or obligation to update any of these forward-looking statements and estimates. All statements and estimates are made based on the data available to the Company as of the date of publication, but no guarantee can be made as to their validity.Information non réglementée
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