Free Webinar on January 2010 Changes to Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) Compliance Requirements

Intertek ( will present a free one-hour webinar on Tuesday, January 19, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. EST providing an update of recent changes to the Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) List as well as an overview on the compliance requirements.

A Substance of Very High Concern (SVHC) is a chemical substance that is subject to requirements under the REACH (Registration Evaluation, and Authorization of Chemicals) Regulation in the European Union. On December 7, 2009, the ECHA Member State committee voted unanimously to add no less than 15 additional substances to the SVHC Candidate List to make a total of 30 substances, with the new list formally activated in January 2010. The expansion of the SVHC list is part of a long term roll out of increasing steps to limit and register hazardous substances in products sold in Europe.

Once a substance is added to the SVHC Candidate List, REACH imposes immediate obligations on manufacturers and importers to declare the substances if present. The regulation states that manufacturers and importers of articles are required to notify their customers of the presence of any Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) in any of their products when exceeding 0.1% by weight and provide instructions on safe use of the product.

“We’ve seen a lot of companies struggling to comply with the REACH SVHC requirements and it is a prerequisite for them to understand immediately these expanding obligations,” states Dr. Ruud A. Overbeek, Global Vice President of Intertek’s Health and Environmental Services. “During this webinar, we will answer the questions our customers have been asking and what they need to do to comply.”

This is a ‘must see’ webinar if you are currently selling products in or into the European Union or plan to in the future. Join us on January 19, 2010 at 10 am EST for a free 1 hour webinar reviewing general SVHC declaration requirements for REACH, substances included in the SVHC Candidate List, SVHV compliance obligations and options. Join us to learn more about how Intertek’s REACH SVHC solutions can get your business one step closer to REACH compliance today and tomorrow. For more information or to register for this webinar, please visit:  

For further information, please contact

Joel Pekay
Global Marketing and Business Development Director
Intertek Health and Environmental
Telephone: +1 630-481-3126