A Proactive Approach to Chemical Risks and Brand Protection
Business ChallengeWith increasing concern about the adverse affects on our health and environment from hazardous substances, several countries including the United States, have enacted legislation and restrictions for a number of hazardous substances. These requirements affect a variety of industries including apparel, footwear, hardlines, electronic and electrical, toys and juvenile products. There is also continued pressure from governmental agencies, non-governmental organizations and a changing competitive marketplace to reduce the exposure of the user and environment to various chemicals that present health hazards. Many brands, retailers and manufacturers have adopted Restricted Substance List (RSL) programs to address this challenge.
SolutionA Restricted Substance List Program helps brands, retailers and manufacturers identify hazardous substances that may be present in their products. After potential substances are identified, an ongoing program is developed to meet governmental requirements and industry standards for markets in which products will be sold.
A comprehensive Restricted Substance List Program will:
• Protect against hazards to consumer health and the environment
• Address chemical concerns throughout the complete supply chain and product life cycle
• Communicate requirements clearly so that they are understood by all critical parties involved in product sourcing and manufacturing.
What are the key benefits?
• Meet regulatory requirements for each distribution country
• Enhance brand image through economic and environmental responsibility
• Minimize the risk of recalls
• Improve product quality through environmentally-friendly goods and materials
• Be on the leading edge for future regulatory requirements
OUR APPROACHAt Bureau Veritas, we can define and develop a holistic Restricted Substance List Program based on your needs. We can identify regulatory, industry, and market best practices related to chemical concerns, so that your program can reflect your objectives and goals. Our services include:
• Factory Chemical Management Systems designed to minimize the use of certain chemicals by the manufacturer either intentionally or unintentionally
• Testing Programs to perform hazard and risk-based evaluations of various chemical concerns
• Factory Audits to continuously monitor your supply chain for compliance and improvement
Why Choose Bureau Veritas?Reputation
For over 30 years, we have worked successfully with top manufacturers and retailers around the world to help them better manage risk and assure regulatory compliance.
With locations close to sourcing areas in over 40 countries, we offer you the convenience of global coverage with local service where you need it.
Technical Knowledge & Leadership
Our staff participate in the development of international, industry and regulatory standards worldwide, keeping you and us at the forefront of changes in safety requirements and testing methods.
At Bureau Veritas, we are committed to meeting your evolving needs and helping you anticipate new market trends. We offer you customized and specialized services to meet your quality assurance needs throughout your supply chain. Providing you with the highest levels of service is a priority for us.
FAQ - Frequently Asked QuestionsWhat are some of the global regulations related to Restricted Substance Lists?
Numerous regulations exist around the world and many vary by country and/or region. Regulations that apply to textiles, footwear, hardlines, toys and juvenile products include:
- REACH Regulation (EC) No. 1907/2006 Annex XVII
- The National Standard of the People's Republic of China GB 18401
- Japanese Law for the Control of Household Products Containing Harmful Substances (Law No. 112)
- U.S. Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA)
- German Food, Feed and Commodities Law (2002/96/EC)
- California Proposition 65 Settlements
Specific regulations also apply to electrical and electronic appliances. Two regulations affecting electrical and electronic products are the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive (2002/96/EC) and the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive.
In addition to the examples above, what other chemicals are regulated or monitored under various Restricted Substance Lists?
- Heavy Metals (Pb, Cd, Hg, Cr (VI))
- Flame Retardants (PBB, PBDE)
- Nickel Release
- Banned Aromatic Amines (Azo Dyestuffs)
- Allergenic & Carcinogenic Dyestuffs
- Organo Tin Compounds (TBT, MBT, DB, TPhT)
- Chlorinated Paraffins (C10 - C13)
- Dimethyl Fumarate
- Halogenated Compounds (PCBs, PCTs, Chlorinated Phenols)
- Pesticides Phthalates (DINP, DNOP, DEHP, DIDP, DBP & BBP)
- Biocide Finishes