Product regulation

Regulation list : F-gas | RoHS | REACH | Biocides | Detergent | Aerosols | CLP

F-gas

In order to implement the Kyoto Protocol, The European Union has set up rules on the containment, use, collection and destruction of some fluorinated greenhouse gases on containing equipment and product labeling, on the notification of information about them, on the prohibition against selling products and equipment containing these gases, and also on training and certification of people in contact with these gases.

This regulation aims to reduce the emissions of certain fluorinated greenhouse gases (HFC, PFC and SF6), while improving their confinement and surveillance and establishing restrictions of their marketing and use. The regulation should lead to a reduction of 23 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions up to 2010, and an even more significant reduction after that date.

HFCs are especially used as refrigerants, cleaning solvents and expansion agents. The PFC are used in the manufacturing of semi-conductors, as cleaning solvents and expansion agents. Sulphur hexafluoride is used in high voltage connection accessories and in magnesium production. The emission forecast for these three gases until 2010 is around 98 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalent, which is between 2 and 4% of the greenhouse gases emissions expected for this period. These gases are extremely persistent in the atmosphere, which means that their effects last long after their emission.

Inventec products:

  • Pyrostop 6 range
  • NovaSpray range containing HFC -> new HFC 134a substitute the HFO 1234ze!
  • Novexpans range containing HFC 
  • Promosolv range containing HFC


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Inventec's tip:

Check directly regulation n° 842/2006 annex II directly to see whether your activities are concerned by this directive!

 

RoHS

RoHS means Restriction of the use of certain Hazardous Substances in electrical and electronic equipment.
The relevant compounds are:

- lead (Pb)
- mercury (Hg)
- cadmium (Cd)
- hexavalent chromium (Cr6+)
- Polybrominated biphenyls (PBB)
- Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE).

The maximum authorized concentrations of these substances are 0,1% by weight of homogeneous material, except for cadmium which is limited to 0,01%.

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The directive concerns the products sold in any European territories. The directive applies to equipment as defined in WEEE directive (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive) concerning:
- Large household appliances;
- Small household appliances;
- IT & Telecommunications equipments;
- Consumer equipments;
- Lighting equipment—including light bulbs;
- Electronic and electrical tools;
- Toys, leisure, and sports equipments;
- Automatic dispensers.
- Batteries are not concerned by this directive.


Inventec products:

  •  Ecorel and Ecorel easy range


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Inventec's tip:

For more information, please contact our expert: amlaugt@inventec.dehon.com

 

 

REACH

The European Union (EU) has modernized European chemicals legislation and implemented REACH, an integrated system for the registration, evaluation, authorization and restriction of chemicals. The main objective of Reach is to improve the protection of human health and the environment whilst maintaining competitiveness and strengthening the innovative philosophy in the European chemicals industry. A European Chemicals Agency has also been created to deal with the day-to-day management requirements of REACH.

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The European Union (EU) has established REACH, an integrated system for the registration, evaluation, authorization and restriction of chemicals and created a European Chemicals Agency. REACH requires firms producing and importing chemicals to evaluate the risks resulting from the use of those chemicals and to take the necessary steps to manage any identified risks.The Industry has to prove that chemicals produced and sold on the market are safe. The purpose of this regulation is to ensure a high level of protection for the environment and human health, whilst strengthening the competitiveness of the chemicals sector and promoting innovation.

Inventec products:

All Inventec products are concerned by REACH.
The REACH regulation considers the MSDS as the main communication document. On http://www.quickfds.fr/en/index.html, You can freely and easily consult all our products' MSDS 

To manage the implementation of the REACH regulation, Inventec has set up a REACH committee within the Dehon Group. For further information, please hesitate to contact Inventec's experts: reach@dehon.com

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Inventec's tip:

Consult our Material Safety Data Sheet on http://www.quickfds.fr/en/index.html

 

 

Biocides

The European Union has established a regulatory framework for placing biocidal products on the market, in order to ensure a high level of protection for the environment and human beings and an efficient and proper way of functioning of the common market.

The directive addresses:
- the authorization and placing on the market of biocidal products in the Member states;

- the mutual recognition of authorizations within the Community;
- List at Community level of the active substances which may be used in biocidal products.
The directive applies to biocidal products, i.e. non-agricultural pesticides as defined in article 2 of the directive. An exhaustive list of the products concerned by this Directive is annexed below.

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The authorization system is based on the principle of mutual recognition of authorizations principle. Within this philosophy, a biocidal product that has already been authorized or registered in one Member State must be authorized in another Member State within 120 days or registered within 60 days from the application being received by the other Member State. However, there are a number of exemptions from mutual recognition.

Inventec products:

Chlorine for water treatment

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Detergent

The legislation on detergents offers improved protection of the environment by preserving water systems from the hazardous effects of certain compounds in detergents. It also increases consumer protection through more complete labeling which features any substance that could cause allergies.

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This Regulation offers an improved protection of the aquatic environment against surfactants in detergents and other cleaning products. These surfactants – also called tensides – are included in detergents and other cleaning products to reduce the liquids' surface tension so that they can wet surfaces and clean them more efficiently. The legislation has been made more restrictive by including all types of surfactants and by making compulsory stricter testing methods for detergents to determine ultimate rather than initial biodegradability.

Inventec's products:

  • Promoclean
  • Topklean
  • Novexpans N11 B , N90, N88


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Inventec's tip:

For more information, please contact our expert : llevasseur@inventec.dehon.com

 

 

Aerosol

3 directives published between 1975 and 2008 govern the conception and manufacture of aerosol. The aerosol industries consider these directives as the references. 

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Concerning labels, CLP regulation for aerosols also has to be compled with.

Depending on the product type in aerosols, they also have to be conform with specific regulations on certain products such as:
- Cosmetics
- paints
- Leisure aerosols
- Mono-component foams
- Biocides
- …

Inventec products:

  • NovaSpray HFC
  • NovaSpray Hydrocarbon: n-butane, isobutene, propane, isopentane, cyclopentane, n-pentane
  • NovaSpray DME


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Inventec's tip:

Subscribe to the CFA, the French association of aerosol professionals!

 

 

CLP

The European Union (EU) is adapting its classification of chemical substances and blends system to the United Nations Globally Harmonized System (GHS). Under this international system, chemical substances and blends are classified according to their hazardous properties, and pictograms and other warning notices which must appear on the label are determined. The rules introduced by the GHS are integrated in this Regulation which will gradually replace current legislation on the classification, labeling and packaging of chemical substances and blends.

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This Regulation harmonizes requirements concerning the classification, labeling and packaging of chemical substances and blends in line with the international system approved by the United Nations. This harmonization enhances protection of health and the environment, and improves the free circulation of chemical substances and blends. Companies must classify, label and pack their substances and blends in accordance with the Regulation measures before launching them on the market. This regulation amends the directive 67/548/EEC on chemical substances and directive 1999/45/EC on blends and bans them with effect from June 1st, 2015. 

The new pictograms : each hazard pictogram takes up 1/15th of the label surface must be least 1 cm2.    

Inventec products:

  • The substances sold by Inventec have been labeled according to CLP since 1st December 2010.
  • The blends sold by Inventec are labeled in accordance with CLP between 1st December 2010 and 2015.


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Inventec's tip:

Please check our Material Safety Data sheets on http://www.quickfds.fr/fr/index.html