Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation, and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) is a regulation that requires producers and importers of chemicals to register the substances to the authorities in the European Union or the United Kingdom. Measurlabs offers various analysis methods to provide the substance identification required for the REACH documentation.
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What is REACH and when does it apply?
REACH regulation applies to the majority of the chemicals produced and imported to the European Union and the United Kingdom. The regulation aims to protect human health and the environment where the chemicals are handled, and the purpose of the documentation is to allow for thorough risk identification and management. The regulation applies to all producers and importers who bring more than one tonne of a chemical to the market per year.
How to become REACH compliant?
To comply with the regulation and be able to bring the chemical to the market, companies need to present appropriate information on the substance they manufacture or import. The documentation must include the IUPAC-name, CAS-number, and EC-number of the substances in the chemical, as well as analytical information confirming the structure and composition of the substances. The required information and analyses vary depending on the classification of the substance in question.
Classification of substances
Chemical substances can be classified into two main categories: substances of well-defined composition and so called UVCB substances, that are substances of unknown or variable composition, complex reaction products, or biological matter. Depending on the complexity and nature of the substance, a different array of analyses is needed for the REACH-documentation.
Substances of well-defined composition are:
Mono-constituent substances: one constituent present in over 80 wt% concentration containing up to 20 wt% of impurities.
Multi-constituent substances: consist of several main constituents in concentrations between 10 wt% and 80 wt%.
Substances of defined chemical composition and other main identifiers: substances that need further specification by additional identifiers besides their chemical composition to record the substance identity unequivocally. Can be a mono-constituent or multi-constituent substance.
Methods commonly used to confirm the chemical composition of a chemical
To verify the substance structure and composition, appropriate analysis methods need to be used. Organic substances are typically characterized with ultraviolet and visible absorption spectroscopy (UV/Vis), infrared spectroscopy (IR), nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR), and mass spectroscopy (MS) as well as gas (GC) and liquid chromatography (LC). Inorganic substances on the other hand are more suitable to be analyzed with X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray fluorescence (XRF), or atomic absorption spectroscopy (AAS).
These methods often provide sufficient information about the substance for REACH registration, but sometimes a more extensive selection of analysis techniques need to be used to obtain sufficient qualitative and quantitative information.
Need tests for your REACH documentation?
Measurlabs offers a wide selection of the most typical analysis methods, as well as more exotic ones that might be needed for REACH substance identification. We will analyze your substances and provide you with the analysis report with the detailed information of the analysis. Please contact us through the form below or by emailing us at email@example.com and describe your sample and testing needs. We will get back to you latest the next business day and provide you with a quote for the analyses and instructions for sample shipment.
Suitable sample matrices
- Chemicals of well-defined composition
- Chemicals of unknown or variable composition
- Complex reaction products
- Biological matter
- Infrared spectroscopy
- Mass spectroscopy
- Gas- and liquid chromatography
- XRD & XRF
Frequently asked questions
REACH is a regulation that requires producers and importers of chemicals to register the substances to the authorities in the European Union or the United Kingdom.
REACH applies to any manufacturer of producer that brings more than one tonne of a chemical to the market.
Measurlabs offers a variety of laboratory analyses for product developers and quality managers. We perform some of the analyses in our own lab, but mostly we outsource them to carefully selected partner laboratories. This way we can send each sample to the lab that is best suited for the purpose, and offer high-quality analyses with more than a thousand different methods to our clients.
When you contact us through our contact form or by email, one of our specialists will take ownership of your case and answer your query. You get an offer with all the necessary details about the analysis, and can send your samples to the indicated address. We will then take care of sending your samples to the correct laboratories and write a clear report on the results for you.
Samples are usually delivered to our laboratory via courier. Contact us for further details before sending samples.