European Regulation (EC) 1907/2006 - Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) was adopted to improve the protection for human health and the environment from the risks posed by chemicals in consumer products. Throughout the years, the regulation has been updated constantly with additions to chemical controls and restrictions. One of the key elements in the updates is to define a list of Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) chemicals. The SVHC list started with 14 chemicals substances and has grown to more than 200 chemical substances today. As more and more chemical substances will be added to the SVHC list, what are the common chemicals affecting consumer products and how can manufacturers avoid SVHC? These are the areas we would like to discuss.
Alex Hui has been working in the consumer product testing industry for 17 years with expertise in worldwide chemical requirements for various consumer products such as softlines, hardlines and E&E products. Alex engaged in various positions including lab testing, research & development, technical consultation and operation management in his career path. Alex holds a PhD in Analytical Chemistry from The University of Hong Kong and is currently a member of The Royal Society of Chemistry.
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