Intertek Offers REACH Services for Retailers - Supply Chain and Product Solutions



    OTTAWA, April 8 /CNW Telbec/ - Intertek (www.intertek.com), the leading
provider of quality and safety services to a wide range of industries,
provides a full range of REACH compliance services to retailers. Intertek's
services focus on managing and minimizing the REACH compliance requirement for
brand and own brand products sold by retailers throughout Europe. These
services are an extension of Intertek's overall REACH and Health and
Environment portfolio.
    Enacted in 2006, the European Union REACH Regulation (Registration,
Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemical Substances - EC 1907/2006) requires
pre-registration and registration of chemicals and communication of Substances
of Very High Concern (SVHCs) to consumers. Retailers are particularly exposed
to the requirements of communication of SVHCs (such as phthalates and Tributyl
Tin) contained in their products over 0.1% by weight. Any consumer, under
REACH, has the right to request to the retailer if they contain any SVHCs over
0.1% by weight in any specific product and the retailer is required by law to
communicate this information to the consumer within forty-five (45) days.
    Non-Governmental Organizations such as the Chemical Health Monitor and
Greenpeace have created and widely circulated a sample letter to be used for
SVHC inquiries by consumers. Due to wide circulation of the template letter
and related flyers, there exists significant potential for inquiries and
related non-compliance for EU retailers.
    Intertek's REACH solution for retailers involves a practical approach to
supplier management for brand and own brand products while minimizing costs.
By combining an industry standard approach to data gathering from a diverse
supply chain, data management, and surveillance testing, Intertek acts as a
complete partner for retailers needing to comply with REACH.
    Global retailers are concerned about the expanding scope of the REACH
legislation," states Ruud Overbeek, Global Director of Intertek's Health and
Environmental Services. "Intertek's solution helps the retailers to understand
their obligations and meet compliance requirements".
    For additional information about Intertek's REACH services, please
contact our REACH experts directly at reach@intertek.com or visit
www.intertek.com/reach.

    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.
    For more information, visit www.intertek.com




For further information:

For further information: Joel Pekay, Global Marketing and Business
Development Director, (630) 481-3126, Joel.pekay@intertek.com,
reach@intertek.com, www.intertek.com/reach

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