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July/August 2008
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New REACH Standard is Published

A new ASTM International standard will assist industry with a communication tool in order to comply with REACH, the European Union’s Registration, Evaluation and Authorization of Chemicals. ASTM F2725, Guide for European Union’s Registration, Evaluation and Authorization of Chemicals (REACH) Supply Chain Information Exchange, was developed by Subcommittee F40.02 on Management Practices and Guides, part of ASTM Committee F40 on Declarable Substances in Materials.

“Due to the need for supply chain communication, REACH is as much a supply chain challenge as it is an environmental health and safety challenge,” says A.J. Guikema, REACH program manager at Tetra Tech, Ann Arbor, Mich., chair of the task group that developed F2725. The new standard will assist companies that manufacture, buy or sell, or both, substances, preparations and articles to ensure that supply chains comply with REACH by identifying the elements of information that must be specified, requested and exchanged in communication along the supply chain.

F2725 provides step-by-step instruction throughout the inventory process, including planning and processing orders; handling; and transporting and storing of all materials purchased, processed or distributed among players on the chain to fulfill compliance requirements. The standard also includes case studies to show the process of exchanging data for three representative scenarios. “The use of case studies to illustrate the information exchange process is particularly helpful and is applicable for small companies that manufacture or buy/sell substances and articles up to the large OEMs,” says Roland Chin, Q&R engineering manager at Intel Corp., Hillsboro, Ore., and chairman of Subcommittee F40.02.

The EU’s Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (RoHS) directive and REACH regulation — designed to help improve human health and the environment — affect companies and consumers throughout the global supply chain for manufactured goods. Many impacted companies have suppliers and customers worldwide, and F2725 is a standard that will assist compliance efforts by facilitating greater collaboration and operational efficiencies.

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