REACH – EU legislation

REACH is an important piece of legislation requiring that all chemical substances produced in or imported into the EU are registered.

H&M was an early supporter of the legislation, which came into force in 2007. Under REACH, companies must notify the European Chemicals Agency when importing into the EU articles containing more than 0.1 percent of a Substance of Very High Concern (SVHC) and if the total amount of the SVHC imported exceeds one tonne per year.

Prior to the enforcement of the legislation in 2007, we analysed the preliminary catalogue of around 2,000 potential SVHCs in order to identify gaps in our Chemical Restrictions list. Following this procedure we added two more substances. Consequently, our Chemical Restrictions list includes all SVHCs relevant to our product range. Our chemicals management helps us to ensure that no products containing any SVHCs are sold in our stores.

As part of the REACH legislation, importers are required to respond within 45 days to a request from an EU customer to check whether a product contains an SVHC above the 0.1 percent threshold. We have guidelines and forms in place at all of our European stores to help our colleagues handle these types of requests.

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