The determination of uses in my supply chain
An overview for you and your customers
When registering a substance under REACH, as a general rule, a variety of uses is identified in the supply chain and documented in the Chemical Safety Report. Many of these uses relate to the manufacture of the substance itself, and are therefore not relevant for the further supply chain. On the other hand, often only uses are determined and considered that play a role in the first stage of use. Uses at the end of a supply chain are often not known in detail to the manufacturer or importer of the substance. The downstream user also has only limited information on the uses and conditions of its customers. The communication of these uses and the operational conditions is one of the biggest challenges of the REACH Regulation. Various efforts have been made to identify either the uses of the supply chain from the supplier to the customer or upstream from the customer to the supplier. None of these efforts were specific or incident-related. It would be useful for the customer to be in a position to communicate these data at all times. An in-depth communication would also mean significant cost savings for suppliers. The compilation of exposure scenarios as attachments to eSDS (extended safety data sheets) is a very expensive part of the compilation of eSDS. Only compiling the required yet all the necessary exposure scenarios and delivering them promptly can save costs and facilitate marketing. With the KFT Use Survey, we make this possible.
The perennial issue of use communication in a nutshell
According to REACH 31 (7) each actor in the supply chain shall enclose the relevant exposure scenarios (where appropriate including the use and exposure categories) as an annex with the safety data sheet covering identified uses. But what are the relevant exposure scenarios?
Determination of uses in my supply chain