Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals

The European legislation 1907/2006 REACH, concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals, came into force on 1st June 2007. The law was put into place as a protection of human health as well as the environment by identifying the properties of chemical substances. In order to be able to do this effectively, the legislation states that all chemicals must be registered, so that the information is made readily available to all stakeholders.

This law touches a large number of businesses in a wide range of industries, and is highly relevant to supplying materials within the aerospace and defence industry. Pexa recognises its responsibility, as part of the supply chain, regarding this issue and endeavours to ensure that all products supplied will conform to the above regulation and that REACH will be an integral part of the business process. We aim to keep you informed on the progress of this matter and will periodically create bulletins which can be found below:

As an overview of the major points covered in the bulletins, Pexa can confirm the following:

  • As a distributor, Pexa is not responsible for registering substances from the EU it is the manufacturers or importers responsibility. Our suppliers have confirmed that all necessary substances have been registered and pre-registered.
  • As an importer, Pexa has either ensured that an Only Representative (OR) has been appointed responsible for registration of appropriate substances or less than one tonne of the substance is imported per annum.
  • Many substances are exempt as they are non hazardous or polymers and as REACH registration requirements are volume driven, many substances are not due to be registered until future deadlines in either 2013/2018.
  • Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) do feature in Pexa’s product range. This includes strontium chromate, present in many corrosion inhibiting primers. The manufacturer has assured Pexa that if strontium chromate was to become subject to authorisation and no suitable alternatives had been found, they would apply for authorisation for the specific use as a corrosion inhibitor.
  • Updated MSDS are available on request.

Please find below a list a useful links which may answer any further questions:

Alternatively, please do not hesitate to contact Pexa’s principal co-ordinator for REACH issues Sarah White at

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