REACH is the European regulation on chemicals and their safe use. It deals with the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemical substances. Under the REACH regulation, manufactures and importers are generally required to collect information on the properties of chemical substances present in their products, which could be subject to registration, authorisation, restrictions or information provision requirements. In addition, distributors can also be subject to REACH restrictions and information provision requirements.
It is your responsibility to comply with REACH. This material is for informational purposes only. It is not intended as legal advice. We encourage you to consult your legal counsel if you have questions about the laws and regulations concerning your product.
REACH applies to all chemical substances and mixtures manufactured in or imported into the EEA (European Economic Area: all the member states of the EU plus Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein) as well as articles containing certain dangerous or hazardous chemical substances or mixtures.
Authorisation (Annex XIV): Particularly hazardous chemical substances cannot be used in the EEA unless they have been authorised for that particular use. These chemical substances are added to REACH’s Annex XIV Authorisation List, which is available on the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) website (see Additional Information below).
Restriction (Annex XVII): Use of certain hazardous chemical substances is restricted, including limits or banning the manufacture, placing on the market or use in the EEA. This includes restrictions for use as a substance, in mixtures and articles. A complete list of restrictions as listed in REACH’s Annex XVII is available on the ECHA website.
Registration: Manufacturers and importers are generally responsible for the registration of the substances they manufacture or import above a certain threshold (1000 kg per year). The registration includes collecting information on the properties and uses of the substance to be registered.
Provision of Information: Manufacturers, importers and distributors are all generally responsible for communicating information about hazardous products up and down the supply chain in certain situations, which may include the provision of a Safety Data Sheet (SDS) for certain hazardous substances and mixtures.
Any presence of a “candidate list” substance (also known as a Substance of Very High Concern (SVHC)) in an article in a concentration above 0.1% by weight must be actively communicated to the downstream user of the product. The communication must include safe use information for the article, with as a minimum, the name of the particular SVHC. Where the recipient of the article is a final consumer, this safe use information only needs to be provided upon request (within 45 days and free of charge).
It is your responsibility to provide accurate and complete product information about REACH-regulated products. If your products are regulated under REACH, verify that your products are eligible for sale in the EEA and please provide us with the most up to date SDS.
Amazon does not allow the sale of professional use only chemicals. Please check with the manufacturer/SDS or product label to see if your product is professional use only. In the event that chemicals for professional use only are received at an Amazon Fulfilment Centre (FC), Amazon may, at your cost and without compensation, dispose of the units.
We strongly encourage you to visit the following sites for more information on REACH.
In addition to REACH, the Regulation for Classification, Labelling and Packaging of Substances and Mixtures (CLP Regulation) may apply to your products. The CLP Regulation incorporates the classification criteria and labelling rules for hazardous chemical substances and mixtures agreed at United Nations level, the so-called Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS). The GHS pictograms can be found here.
There are certain other mandatory labelling requirements that you must ensure you comply with, including for example, labelling the hazardous substances with the supplier’s name, address and telephone number.
The CLP Regulation applies to all substances and mixtures imported, manufactured, or placed on the market within the EEA, unless otherwise exempted. Examples of products regulated under CLP are paints, detergents, glues, spray paints and pesticides.
There are certain exemptions to the regulation for the following materials in their finished state only:
To determine if your product is regulated under CLP we recommend you take the following steps:
You must not ship any products to Amazon that are prohibited from entering an FC. Amazon may at your cost and without compensation to you, dispose of any such units. Note that products classified, labelled and packed in accordance with outdated legislation (such as the Dangerous Preparations Directive and Dangerous Substances Directive) cannot be accepted at Amazon FCs.
Products which bear any of the following CLP hazard (H) or precautionary (P) statements are prohibited from entering an Amazon FC:
|EUH001||Explosive when dry|
|EUH006||Explosive with or without contact with air|
|EUH014||Reacts violently with water|
|EUH018||In use may form flammable/explosive vapour-air mixture|
|EUH019||May form explosive peroxides|
|EUH029||Contact with water liberates toxic gas|
|EUH031||Contact with acids liberates toxic gas|
|EUH032||Contact with acids liberates very toxic gas|
|EUH044||Risk of explosion if heated under confinement|
|EUH059||Hazardous to the ozone layer|
|H201||Explosive; mass explosion hazard|
|H202||Explosive; severe projection hazard|
|H203||Explosive; fire, blast or projection hazard|
|H240||Heating may cause an explosion|
|H241||Heating may cause a fire or explosion|
|H250||Catches fire spontaneously if exposed to air|
|H251||Self-heating; may catch fire|
|H252||Self-heating in large quantities; may catch fire|
|H260||In contact with water releases flammable gases which may ignite spontaneously|
|H261||In contact with water releases flammable gas|
|H300||Fatal if swallowed|
|H301||Toxic if swallowed|
|H304||May be fatal if swallowed and enters airways|
|H310||Fatal in contact with skin|
|H311||Toxic in contact with skin|
|H330||Fatal if inhaled|
|H331||Toxic if inhaled|
|H340||May cause genetic defects|
|H341||Suspected of causing genetic defects|
|H350||May cause cancer|
|H351||Suspected of causing cancer|
|H360||May damage fertility or the unborn child|
|H361||Suspected of damaging fertility or the unborn child|
|H362||May cause harm to breastfed children|
|H370||Causes damage to organs|
|H371||May cause damage to organs|
|H372||Causes damage to organs through prolonged or repeated exposure|
|H373||May cause damage to organs through prolonged or repeated exposure|
|P222||Do not allow contact with air|
|P223||Keep away from any possible contact with water, because of violent reaction and possible flash fire|
|P230||Keep wetted with (insert manufacturer specification)|
|P231||Handle under inert gas|
|P406||Store in a corrosive resistant (insert manufacturer specification) container with a resistant inner liner|
|P407||Maintain air gap between stacks/pallets|
It is your responsibility to comply with the special packaging rules in the CLP regulation for tactile warnings and child-resistant fastenings for all applicable products. An overview of the different hazards that trigger child-resistant fastenings or tactile warnings for chemical substances and mixtures is provided by the ECHA: https://echa.europa.eu/regulations/clp/labelling/specific-labelling-and-packaging-situations.
It is your responsibility to ensure that your CLP-regulated products are labelled appropriately (including the relevant hazard (H) statements, precautionary (P) statements and/or pictograms) and that all such product information is available on the label in the official language of the Member State(s) where you offer your product for sale or supply.
It is your responsibility to provide accurate and complete product information, including applicable warning messages as required by the CLP regulation. In order to add applicable warnings to your product listings, you should do the following:
We strongly encourage you to visit the following sites for more information on CLP.