Europe initiates first REACH Enforcement Project



    OTTAWA, May 4 /CNW Telbec/ - The first REACH enforcement project, called
REACH-EN-FORCE-1, has started in Europe. Inspectors are now checking whether
companies have submitted a pre-registration, registration, and safety data
sheets where applicable. This project sends a strong message on the level of
compliance expected of manufacturers and importers, including Only
Representatives, with REACH in the European Union. Unregistered substances
will no longer be able to be produced or imported into the EU.
    Intertek (www.intertek.com), the leading provider of quality and safety
services to a wide range of industries, provides compliance support solutions
for REACH. Solutions include a REACH certification program to effectively
prove compliance to customers and enforcement bodies, enabling companies to
continue their business in the EU market.
    The REACH Regulation (Registration, Evaluation and Authorization of
Chemical Substances) requires all chemical substances that are manufactured in
or imported in the EU in the quantity of more than 1 ton per year need to be
registered with the EU Chemicals Agency (ECHA). The pre-registration of
chemicals began in 1st June 2008. The subsequent registration will be carried
out over the course of 11 years in three stages.
    Intertek offers the full range of REACH compliance support services
including pre-registration, registration, dossier creation, supplier auditing,
SVHC testing, Only Representative, and REACH certification. In addition,
Intertek offers safety data sheet creation and updating services as is also
required by the enforcement entities. Utilizing Intertek's vast wealth of
REACH experts and laboratories worldwide, Intertek provides REACH compliance
for a broad range of industries including chemicals, refining, automotive,
aerospace, electronics, consumer products, building materials, cosmetics,
textiles, toys, and many other industries.
    "Companies are now faced with ensuring compliance to REACH requirements"
states Dr. Ruud Overbeek, Vice President of Intertek's Health and
Environmental Services, Restricted Substances and REACH unit. "Greater
enforcement of these strict requirements increases business risk for companies
that have not made compliance a priority".
    For additional information about Intertek's REACH services, please
contact our REACH experts directly at reach@intertek.com or visit
www.intertek.com/reach.

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    About Intertek Health & Environmental Services (www.intertek.com/green)

    Intertek Health & Environmental Services offers the complete solution for
global, regional, or local compliance, providing sound traceability systems
and strict enforcement of due diligence policies. Intertek does more than
simply help our clients comply, we give them the competitive advantage they
desire. Our Services offer comprehensive solutions for RoHS, Restricted
Substances, CPSIA, REACH, California Proposition 65, Carbon Management, and
Greenhouse Gas reduction, including on-call consulting, testing and analysis,
legal representation, certification, and corporate education appropriate for
all types and levels of business. Intertek Health & Environmental Services is
a leader in global environmental compliance, consulting, technology services
and product stewardship.

    About Intertek (www.intertek.com)

    Intertek (ITRK.L) is a leading provider of quality and safety solutions
serving a wide range of industries around the world. From auditing and
inspection, to testing, quality assurance and certification, Intertek people
are dedicated to adding value to customers' products and processes, supporting
their success in the global marketplace. Intertek has the expertise, resources
and global reach to support its customers through its network of more than
1,000 laboratories and offices and over 23,000 people in 100 countries around
the world.

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    For more information, visit www.intertek.com




For further information:

For further information: Jonathan Hughes, Manager, Business Development
REACH, (613) 599-3166 ext. 2222, jonathan.hughes@intertek.com,
reach@intertek.com; www.intertek.com/reach

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