FEICA REACH implementation and communication support
Adhesives and Sealants
The fundamental aim of the REACH Regulation is to ensure all uses are safe to human health and to the environment. In order to facilitate the implementation of REACH and the communication in the supply, FEICA (together with other industry sectors) has developed tools and guidance.
Within REACH, “use” is defined in a specific and unique way. Established means of describing use are no longer appropriate for communicating, up and down supply chains, information relating to use. A system developed by the European Chemical Agency (ECHA) has to be employed to enable “use” to be described in accordance with the REACH definition.
Aiming to help manufacturers and importers of substances to understand how substances are typically handled in the adhesives and sealants sector, as well as the applications in industrial processes by professional users and consumers, FEICA has compiled use descriptors covering all these use situations. FEICA mapped the uses following the Use Descriptor System described in the ECHA TGD on Information Requirements and Chemical Safety Assessment (Chapter R12 of the Guidance on http://guidance.echa.europa.eu/guidance_en.htm), and in cooperation with other downstream users within the DUCC platform (by using the UseR format developed by DUCC).
The use descriptor system (UDS) is based on five separate categories of codes: Sector of Use (SU), chemical Product Category (PC), Process Category (PROC), Article Category (AC) and Environment Release Category (ERC).
More information can be found in the FEICA Guidance attached below. In the interests of harmonisation and consistency, manufacturers and importers are urged to adopt relevant uses from the FEICA tables as identified uses. Both manufacturers and downstream users are encouraged to select use descriptors from the FEICA tables and to communicate these up and downstream.
Since July 2013, the user descriptors for foam sealants are added in version 3 of the FEICA User Descriptors.
ISOPA and FEICA have aligned their uses for MDI, TDI and polyol. FEICA considers ISOPA’s UD in line with FEICA's UD.
Please click here for a direct link to the mapping of uses of ISOPA (= European diisocyanate and polyol Producers Association).
(Last update: 4 December 2009)
CEFIC LIBRARY: Please click here for a direct link to the Cefic REACH Library.
SPERCs (Specific Environmental Release Classes)
In addition, FEICA has developed sector-specific SPERCs to comply with REACH chemical safety assessments. The SPERCs allow the refinement of the environmental emission estimations, as they provide more realistic parameter values. The relevant SPERCs for the adhesive and sealant industry are documented in SPERC fact sheets (which include sector-specific parameters, risk management measures and operational conditions). Those FEICA SPERCs Fact-sheets have been recently updated (see version 2 –revised Feb 2013 below).
These SPERCs provide comprehensive documentation of the emission assessment in the Chemical Safety Report, and can be implemented into the current version 2.1 of CHESAR (CHEmical Safety Assessment and Reporting tool) by using the CHESAR SPERC files (Download in ZIP format).
More information on how to use the SPERCs can be found in the Cefic guidance (version 2 - October 2012) which provides information from different industry sectors, including adhesives and sealants.
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