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REACH - SKW Piesteritz Successfully Implements European Environmental Law

For years, SKW Piesteritz has been taking concrete action for environmental protection, including the implementation of the REACH Regulation on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals.

New European Chemical Law

On 1 June, 2007, Regulation (EC) No. 1907/2006 came into effect within the European Union. The Regulation constitutes a complete redetermination of EU chemicals policy and is one of the strictest chemicals policies in the world.

REACH (Registration , Evaluation , Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals) is based on the principal that manufacturers, importers and downstream users are responsible for the chemicals they use. Comprehensive data regarding each individual chemical is required to protect people and the environment. SKW Piesteritz is fully supportive of these goals.

The registration of chemicals will be implemented in three phases. The first phase ended in November 2010. As of 1 December 2010, producers will be required to register all annual production quantities in excess of 1,000 tonnes in order for us to continue production.

Therefore, SKW Piesteritz has electronically transmitted comprehensive data sheets for ammonia, urea, nitric acid, dinitrogen tetroxide and other substances for in-company use to the European Chemical Agency (ECHA) in Helsinki, which has been created for this registration purpose alone.

Registration Deadlines

Registration deadlines depend on amounts of manufactured or imported substances and properties.

First deadline (until the end of November 2010) for all substances in excess of 1,000 t/year

SKW Piesteritz has registered the following substances in the first phase:

  • ammonia(anhydrous)
  • urea
  • nitric acid

Second deadline (until 1 June 2013 for all substances in excess of 100 t/year

In the second phase, SKW Piesteritz has registered dinitrogen tetroxide.

Third deadline (until 1 June 2018) for all substances under 100 t/year

In the this section, we answer some customer questions.

Is the delivered product registered under REACH?

The registration status of our registered products is available here.

Where do I find the registration number?

We will include the assigned registration number into the security data sheets during the revision thereof.

Are SKW Piesteritz products considered to contain “Substances of Very High Concern“, SVHC)?

Based on our current knowledge of our raw materials and our production processes, we confirm that our products do not contain any products listed under the current candidate list:

We will immediately inform our customers of any changes to this.

Which identified uses are included in the registration?

All identified uses for which SKW Piesteritz has transferred a registration file to the ECHA are available here

Does your security data sheet comply with the stipulations of the CLP Regulation (EC) No. 1272/2008? When can I obtain an extended safety data sheet (eSDB)?

In the future, SKW Piesteritz would like to provide safety data sheets for all products, including those which do not have labelling requirements.

  • Adapting security data sheets to comply with CLP Regulation (EC) No. 1272/2008 is successfully complete for all required products.
  • Exposure scenarios will be included in the eDSB.

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or requests for more information.