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REACH - Stainless Steel

REACH Regulations (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals) have been in effect for some time and it is now clearer from guidance and clarification received how this is being interpreted and applied.

The regulations require all ‘substances’, which includes all metals, to be registered under REACH. It is important, however, to note that REACH Regulations distinguish between ‘substances’ and ‘preparations’ (which are covered by REACH) and ‘articles’ (which are not governed by REACH and do not require registration).

It has taken some time to get a clear definition of the classification of the products that we sell, but this has now been completed. Whilst it has always been our expectation that the majority of our products would be classed as ‘articles’ and wouldn’t therefore require registering, there was some doubt over certain products.

Our normal semi-finished products in stainless steel such as sheet, plate, tube, bar and extrusions, are all classed as ‘articles’ and do not need to be registered. Billets, blooms, concast slabs and machined ingots are all also classed as ‘articles’ and do not need to be registered. However, certain types of ingots such as ‘as cast’ ingots, rolling ingots and ingots produced for extrusion processes, are classed as ‘preparations’ and would, therefore, need to be registered.

For the reasons stated, we can confirm that the normal products supplied to you are classified as ‘articles’ and, therefore, do not need to be registered under REACH.

A copy of the production diagram for stainless steel is shown to help clarify the definitions of ‘substances’, ‘preparations’ and ‘articles’.

To ensure the continued supply of goods, our suppliers have all ensured us that ‘substances’ and ‘preparations’ which require registration under REACH and are contained within their products have been registered. For this reason we do not envisage any problems in supplying products in the future.

In addition, we can also confirm that none of our normal semi-finished products detailed above, contain any of the substances listed in the Candidate List of Very High Concern (SVHC), dated January 2018.

It is possible that you may purchase other products or metal types from us that are outside of our normal stock range. In these circumstances, we would need to check with the producer that these specific products do not contain any of the listed Substances of Very High Concern and we will advise you accordingly.

We trust that this information clarifies our position regarding compliance with the REACH Regulations. If you have any questions or want to check on any specific product that you are unsure about, please contact us.

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15 January 2018


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