REACH Compliance Testing Services

REACH is a European Union regulation (1907/2006/EC) restricting the levels of specific chemical substances in all imported goods. Read more to learn how to comply with REACH and how to schedule testing on our online platform.

EU REACH Compliance and Testing

Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) is one of the most comprehensive pieces of environmental legislation to come out of the European Union. It pertains to EU-based manufacturers and importers, requiring them to register chemicals that are manufactured or found existing in their products with the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA). This applies to all chemical substances that exceed one metric ton/year on a per substance per manufacturer basis. Failure to comply could result in product bans from sale in the EU market.

REACH testing is one of the methods used to determine whether or not products contain restricted chemicals, or substances of very high concern (SVHCs). Third-party laboratory testing allows you to verify compliance by testing for restricted or threshold-limited substances.

Restricted and Limited Substances

REACH compliance testing tests products for the presence of substances found on Annex XVII and Candidate List of SVHCs. If a chemical is present in any concentration and is listed on Annex XVII, it will fail testing and would be banned from the EU market. SVHCs require authorization to be used in any product and are generally allowed if the concentration is less than 0.1% of the total product weight. If the concentration is higher, the importer or manufacturer must disclose this to customers with correct labeling and to ECHA, and may be subject to restrictions.

Below are some of the chemicals REACH regulates:

Annex XVII Restricted Substances

  • Phthalates
  • AZO colorants in textiles
  • Nickel release from metal products in direct contact with skin
  • PCTs
  • Benzene
  • Asbestos fibres
  • Arsenic compounds
  • Mercury compounds
  • Cadmium
  • View full list

Candidate list of SVHCs (Substances of Very High Concern)

  • Carcinogenic, Mutagenic or toxic to Reproduction (CMR)
  • Persistent, Bioaccumulative and Toxic (PBT) or very Persistent and very Bioaccumulative (vPvB)
  • Identified, on a case-by-case basis, from scientific evidence as causing probable serious effects to human health or the environment of an equivalent level of concern as those above (e.g. endocrine disruptors).

What to Expect from REACH Testing

In your REACH compliance tests, we can test for all 235 SVHCs and deliver you a detailed report that includes the REACH-compliant testing methodology used, test results, and pictures of the specimens you provided. The report will deliver a PASS/FAIL determination and concentration levels for SVHC tests. We also offer screening for selected SVHCs based on client request.

You can also leverage QIMA’s quality control expertise by integrating REACH testing with your product inspections. This option allows you to maintain product quality and ensure REACH compliance at the same time.

Recent REACH Updates

Candidate List Extension

On June 14, 2023, 2 new SVHCs were added to the Candidate List (Diphenyl(2,4,6- trimethylbenzoyl)phosphine oxide & Bis(4-chlorophenyl) sulphone), which now contains 235 substances.

Why Partner with QIMA for Your REACH Testing?

QIMA REACH testing can help you prepare your registration of chemical substances with ECHA and ensure compliance with REACH requirements.

Our regulatory expertise in the EU is supported by:

  • A network of global labs providing one-stop service to you and your suppliers
  • Industry leading turnaround time for testing
  • Testing capabilities covering a wide range of consumer products including electrical & electronics, hardlines, softlines, toys and juvenile products
  • Lab experts trained and certified in regulatory standards and the newest testing methods
  • Global technical support team with rich experience to help you build tailor-made testing programs
  • Easy online and mobile booking and dashboard for managing orders and accessing data anywhere, any time

Join over 30,000 global brands and book your REACH testing today.

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More Resources

  • REACH Registration Process - Thinking about registering your substances with ECHA? Read about the registration process to determine if you are ready.
  • REACH Compliance Requirements - Read about REACH requirements and who is responsible for registering chemicals with ECHA.
  • REACH Sample Report - Discover what is included in a typical REACH test by downloading one of our sample reports.