The REACH Regulation

REACH is aimed at improving the protection of human health and the environment through better and earlier identification of the properties of chemical substances as well as progressive substitution of the most dangerous chemicals when suitable alternatives have been identified.

REACH regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 is legislation on chemicals and their safe use, and came into force in June 2007. REACH is aimed at improving the protection of human health and the environment through better and earlier identification of the properties of chemical substances as well as progressive substitution of the most dangerous chemicals when suitable alternatives have been identified.

Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs)

Under REACH, the most hazardous substances on the market are gradually being added to a list known as the 'Candidate List', with the view of ensuring their use is correctly controlled, and that safer alternatives are found as soon as possible. The substances on this list are termed 'Substances of Very High Concern' (SVHCs). Cadmium was added to the Candidate List, and hence became a SVHC, on 20/06/2013.

Article 33 of REACH

Article 33 requires that any supplier of an article in the EU containing SVHCs above the threshold of 0.1% weight by weight must provide sufficient information to the customer to allow safe use of the article.

The relevance of SVHCs to Amphenol Ltd's products

A number of products that Amphenol Ltd supply are cadmium plated, and hence contain more than 0.1% by weight cadmium. See the Customer Safe Use information page relating to these products.

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