How we comply with REACH

The information below provides answers to questions related to Ashland Safety Data Sheets (SDS) and compliance with REACH. 

Are the Ashland SDS for products sold within Europe compliant with REACH?
Yes. Ashland is in compliance with the requirements of REACH. Following the REACH regulation, Ashland made changes to the main template of our SDS, such as switching the order of hazard identification (Chapter 3 to Chapter 2), composition/information on ingredients (Chapter 2 to Chapter 3) and adding an email address to its contact information.

Are pre-registration numbers disclosed on the SDS?
No. Pre-registration numbers will not be disclosed by Ashland and therefore will not be disclosed on the SDS. Providing pre-registration numbers is not required by REACH and is generally not done within the industry.

Will registration numbers be disclosed on the SDS?
Yes. For all registered hazardous ingredients, listed in Chapter 3 of the SDS, the registration number will be disclosed as well as CAS number and the mass percentage range of the ingredients in the product. Registered pure substances will have their registration number displayed in section 1 of the SDS. Please note, many substances have not yet been registered, do not require a registration (like polymers) or do not require to be displayed on the SDS.

Are the results of the Chemical Safety Assessment as outlined in the Chemical Safety Report included in the SDS? (In other words, is the SDS already extended SDS, or extSDS?)

Yes, an extSDS will be provided for single substances that are registered and are hazardous.

No, an extSDS will not be provided when the product is (i) a polymer, (ii)  a non-hazardous mixture, (iii)  a mixture containing a substance that has not (yet) been registered (low volume; exempt from registration; awaiting decision deadline 2018.

Mixtures containing hazardous ingredients that have been registered may start to see either mixture-specific annexes to the SDS or will have the appropriate Risk Management Measures and Operating Conditions included in the main body of the SDS. Methodology and tools for how to build these annexes and or include relevant information in the main body are still under development in a joint effort by the industry and authorities.

Are Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) disclosed on the SDS?
Yes. If an SVHC is present in one of our products at a level requiring disclosure (typically 0.1 percent or higher) according to regulation (EC) 1272/2008, then these are identified in section 3 of the SDS and a remark is present in section 16.

Is your product registered for my end use? 
This is a work in progress. When substances are being registered, registrants will work with trade associations to cover the general uses for a specific market segment. What has been registered will be communicated to you, either directly or through the SDS. End uses will not be identified on the SDS until a registration has been received for a substance. If you identify a use that has not been covered, please contact us.