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01 June 2023

REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and Restriction of Chemicals)

By Trivium Communications
Overview of EU's REACH regulation

REACH stands for "Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and Restriction of Chemicals," and it is a regulation of the European Union. The purpose of REACH is to ensure that the chemicals used in everyday products are safe for human health and the environment. The regulation requires companies that manufacture, import, or use chemicals in the EU to gather information on the properties and potential risks of these chemicals and to share that information with regulators and other interested parties. If a chemical is determined to be dangerous, it may be restricted or banned from use in the EU. The overall goal of REACH is to promote the safe use of chemicals and to protect public health and the environment.

The SVHC list under REACH

The list of chemicals of concern under REACH is known as the Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) list. The substances on this list are updated every 6 months, mainly new substances are being introduced to the list as the evaluated substances meet certain criteria, such as being carcinogenic, mutagenic, toxic to reproduction (CMR) or having persistent bioaccumulative and toxic properties (PBT).


Well-known SVHC’s are Bisphenol A (BPA), Cadmium and Lead. Phthalates are also getting a considerable amount of attention and regulatory scrutiny due to their potential health and environmental risks.

Trivium Packaging's REACH compliance

Trivium Packaging is not a manufacturer of chemicals, but it purchases chemicals for the purpose of manufacturing its products. The Product Stewardship and Sustainability team monitors that chemicals listed on or introduced onto the list of SVHCs are not part of our products’ formulation.

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Trivium Packaging’s Product Stewardship and Sustainability team monitors the regulatory landscape continuously. The team maintains this article to enhance public knowledge on regulations related to rigid metal packaging solutions. Our goal is to keep this information timely and accurate. If errors are brought to our attention, we will try to correct them. However, Trivium Packaging accepts no responsibility or liability whatsoever with regard to the accuracy, currency or completeness of the information in this article.