There will be many in the industry as confused about EU regulations as the Bayern Munich defenders I am watching this evening trying to cope with an on fire Barcelona team.
That's why the Farnell team, led by Gary Nevison has kept a constant flow of information into customers and suppliers. It's latest communique covers the Substances of Very High Concern (SHVCs) which are detailed under the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) regulations.
Now customers of the distributor will have easy access to the data regarding these SVHCs in the products that it sells. The EU recently published the first candidate list and it is certain more hazardous chemicals will be added.
Visitors to Farnell's website can now key in an order number or a manufacturer's part number and information on any SVHCs present will be indicated by a blue conical flask icon and a bullet point in the description attributes outlining the specific substance. Safe use informlationa and a safety data sheet will also appear on the product web page. The data sheet outlines dangerous ingredients, documents their hazards and provides several other pieces of information as required by the REACH regulations.
It's worth noting that under these regulations suppliers of products that contain substances on the SVHC candidate list in a concentration above 0.1 per cent by weight must provide information downstream including safe use data and, as a minimum, the name of the substance.
Gary Nevison who is Farnell's customer support manager - legislation and environmental affairs commented, "The growing amount and complexity of legislation impacting the electronics sector makes it important for suppliers of broad product ranges such as Farnell to provide comprehensive, easily accessible support and data to its customers."