REACH

Overview

REACH is the European regulation on Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals. It entered into force on June 1, 2007 with the aim to ensure a high level of protection for human health and the environment from the risks that can be posed by chemicals. Compliance with REACH requires a regulatory evaluation, registration or authorisation for chemical substances which are manufactured in or imported to the European Union.

Borealis is fully committed to fulfil its legal obligations and is in full compliance with REACH. The company has taken on a leadership role. And is an active member of the PlasticsEurope REACH team (RIPPLE). Borealis works closely with its customers and suppliers and its experts share their experience at REACH conferences and assist small and medium-sized companies in meeting their REACH obligations.

Borealis is member of various chemical industry consortia together with several CEFIC sector groups such as LOSG, APA, EFMA, EMPA and Phenol to prepare for the registration of chemical substances.

Borealis is also member of the following consortia:

REACH information for customers

The documents listed below are intended to provide the most relevant information for Borealis customers with regards to compliancy with the REACH legislation and the CLP legislation.

REACH Annex XVII "Restrictions on the manufacturing, placing on the market and use of certain dangerous substances, mixtures and articles

Borealis herewith confirms that none of its products are in conflict with the restrictions defined in this Annex.

Animal Testing

Borealis does not conduct any in-house animal tests. However, with the REACH regulatory framework, Borealis is legally obliged to provide animal testing information on specific substances to authorities. In order to obtain this information, Borealis’ first option is to purchase already existing studies in order to prevent additional need for animal testing. Borealis works with approved testing institutes only.

For any additional questions please check out the Q&A section or contact reach@borealisgroup.com 

REACH information for suppliers

All Borealis manufacturing sites are certified and approved by local authorities, fulfilling local, national and European legislation. Audits are performed on a regular basis by internal audit teams and by external bodies (including authorities) to ensure compliance with REACH and CLP regulations.

Borealis expects that all substances, contained in products supplied to Borealis and requiring registration, will be registered in due time by its suppliers. Furthermore, Borealis requires its suppliers to provide the necessary and legally required information and data to enable the company to issue the respective SDS information for its customers.

Borealis is also a member of many different consortia and works with the European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC) to identify all uses of substances for which it has registration or Downstream User (DU) obligations under the REACH regulation.

For all information regarding REACH regulation, please visit the support section on the ECHA website.

Only Representative acting for non-EU based suppliers

According to REACH, non-EU-based suppliers of materials to Europe are asked to appoint an “Only Representative”, which handles the (pre)-registration of their substances in order to ensure that their raw materials can enter in to the EU according to REACH requirements. Respective information shall be communicated to Borealis accordingly.

For any additional questions please check out the Q&A section or contact reach@borealisgroup.com

Registered substances

Borealis has registered substances according to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and the Council on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH). When Borealis sells mixtures, e.g fertilizers, polymer compounds, it assures that the REACH obligations for all the substances contained in the mixtures have been fulfilled.

Use Communication

One of the responsibilities under REACH legislation is to describe the uses of chemical substances and issue so called exposure scenarios that describe the exposure pathways throughout the life cycle of a substance. In this process different exposure routes (orally, via skin contact or breathing), duration and frequency of the exposure are the most important elements that are described and included in the exposure scenarios. The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has developed a system to standardise this description process - the Use Descriptor System (UDS).

Identification of uses for an exposure assessment is required for:

  • hazardous substances and mixtures in accordance with CLP regulation (EC No 1272/2008),
  • persistent, bio-accumulative and toxic (PBT)
  • very persistent and very bio-accumulative (vPvB) substances

Borealis has developed exposures scenarios that cover the identified uses and include the specific use conditions needed for safe use of the substances belonging to the above mentioned criteria. Borealis’ exposure scenarios are available to customers as attachments in the Safety Data Sheets available in the online database.

Use information for suppliers

Borealis feedstock materials are frequently used as intermediates under strictly controlled conditions (SCC) and audits are performed on a regular basis by external bodies including authorities to ensure compliance to the SCC set by REACH.

Borealis requests all of its suppliers to be REACH and CLP compliant and provide the respective uses and exposure scenarios. Suppliers are requested to ensure that Borealis applications in question are covered in their respective registrations.

Please send your exposure scenarios and use
information to: reach@borealisgroup.com

Use Information for customers

The majority of Borealis products are not classified as hazardous nor are they assessed as persistent, bio-accumulative and toxic (PBT) or very persistent and very bio-accumulative (vPvB). Therefore no communication of uses needs to be performed.

For those products which require an exposure assessment, Borealis directly contact its customers to provide a use descriptor set.

Polyolefins

Borealis is member of the Plastics Exposure Scenario team (PEST), a working group under the European Plastics Converters Association (EuPC). PEST represents the plastic supply chain with the most important associations of additive manufacturers/importers, compounders, master batchers, plastics converters and plastics producers.

PEST coordinates the identification of uses of polyolefin products and maintains a website for all plastic value chain actors. Borealis has been involved in the development of the scenarios and thus supports the PEST mapping of use descriptor sets. Borealis polyolefin customers are invited to register and check out the mapping of applications and processes.

Base Chemicals

For use information related to Borealis’ Base Chemicals products, please click on the relevant link below to find the proposed uses to be covered by the joint registration:

Only Representative

According to REACH, substances as such, in mixtures and in some cases in articles need to be (pre-) registered or authorised by the importer prior to being placed on the market in the European Union (EU). A non-EU based manufacturer is not allowed to (pre-)register a substance by himself but needs to appoint a so called “Only Representative” (OR). The OR is an entity within the EU that has the role and responsibility to fulfil the REACH obligations as an importer. By appointing an OR, the non-EU manufacturer relieves the EU importer of his (pre-) registration obligations for substances covered by the OR. The EU importers are then regarded as downstream users only, within the REACH regulation.

Borealis acting as Only Representative

Borealis AG has been appointed to act as Only Representative (OR) for certain substances manufactured by Borealis Compounds Inc., USA (Borealis Rockport) and Abu Dhabi Polymers Company Ltd. (Borouge). Indirect imports of such substances by non-EU customers of Borealis Rockport and Borouge into the EU are only covered if specifically requested by the customer and accepted by Borealis Rockport or Borouge. Only after your imports have been accepted and you agree with the terms and conditions in the “OR acceptance letter” sent to you by the OR, will your imported volumes be covered by Borealis AG’s (pre-)registration(s).

For more information please contact Borealis Rockport or Borouge. Alternatively, send a request to reach.or@borealisgroup.com

Only Representative acting for non-EU based suppliers

According to REACH, non-EU-based suppliers of material to Borealis are asked to appoint an “Only Representative” to handle the pre-registration and registration of their substances and other OR obligations in order to ensure that their raw materials can enter in to the EU according to REACH requirements. Respective information shall be communicated to Borealis accordingly.