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Surface treatment processes use a wide variety of substances, some of which have already been classified as SVHCs (Substances of Very High Concern) and many more that meet the criteria set out in Article 57 and will probably, at some point in the future, be classified as SVHCs. However, it is extremely unlikely that any of these will be present on the finished component in a concentration above 0.1% on a weight for weight basis. The reason for this statement is explained below :
Boric acid is used in a number of surface treatment processes essentially as a pH control agent but will not be present in the finished article.
Hard chromium electroplating and many decorative chromium electroplating processes use chromium trioxide but the final coating consists of Chromium Metal and no chromium trioxide will be present in the finished article.
These are used to produce a number of passivation type coatings and although chromates will still be present on the finished article, they will not be in the form of sodium or potassium dichromate in a concentration above 0.1% on a weight for weight basis.
The above are only examples and similar logic may be applicable to other substances but this will be considered on a case by case basis as and when further substances are listed as SVHCs under the REACH regulation.
We are aware of our duties under REACH and we will continue to monitor the SVHC situation via the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) website and will proactively notify you should the situation arise where any articles processed by us contain SVHCs above the stated threshold.