REACH is a European Union regulation on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and restriction of Chemicals.
We are mainly affected by REACH as downstream users of chemicals. We therefore, liaise closely with the suppliers of chemicals to ensure that they fulfil their obligations. These obligations include providing assurances that the chemicals we introduce into our products do not contain any substances of high concern in concentrations above the safe threshold level. Our sourcing department provides us with an efficient way to accomplish this task.
Additionally, our kraft mills are themselves producers of chemicals (liquors, tall oil, tall oil soap and turpentine).
REACH implementation specialist
At an early stage, before the REACH regulation came into force, we appointed a REACH Implementation Specialist to ensure timely compliance with REACH by all our EU operations. Their duties include:
Careful assessment of the current and future impact of the legislation on our business and our product portfolio.
Liaising with our customers, and to provide complete and updated information on the position of our products with regard to the REACH and related regulations.
Our virgin mills
All of our European virgin mills have registered the relevant by-products generated in the kraftliner manufacturing process in a timely manner.
We will pro-actively follow the development of the REACH regulation and, in particular, the update of the so-called candidate list (Substances of Very High Concern), thereby assessing possible consequences for all our products and mitigating them appropriately.