MACOMASS and legal regulations
MACOMASS is familiar with all legal regulations and guidelines relating to the plastics sector. Thus, all compounds and colour concentrates can be formulated especially for the customer and, above all, according to the guidelines in question.
This means that only materials which are explicitly permitted for use are used in the formulations. Raw materials which are on a banned list are substituted according to regulations. This substitution does not usually have any negative effect on the processability or quality of the compounds.
REACH is an EU regulation for the registration, evaluation, authorisation and restriction of chemicals whose goal it is to create a European agency for chemical substances. This should improve the protection of people’s health and the environment. REACH should also support the competitiveness and innovative ability of the European chemical industry.
Primarily affected by this are manufacturers and importers in the EU, but also handlers and retailers as so-called “downstream users”. The purpose here is to see that the person distributing is responsible for the specifications and safety of the product.
Additional authorisation is needed especially for those materials which require extra precaution when handling. This includes primarily carcinogenic and mutagenic materials as well as materials which endanger reproduction (CMR).
MACOMASS permanently monitors the legal advancements in relation to REACH. All legal obligations are adhered to and, if necessary, formulations are altered in order save the customer all unnecessary stress.
WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) is an EU guideline for reducing electronic scrap. WEEE does not regulate the production side of things, but rather recycling and environmentally-friendly disposal of electrical and electronic devices. This, in conjunction with the RoHS should make sure that the environmental impact from using certain raw materials is kept to a minimum.
RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) restricts certain dangerous substances used in electrical and electronic devices. Poisonous substances in electronic goods like lead, mercury or cadmium are classified as highly hazardous to the environment. The increase in the throw-away mentality means that a lot of old devices are ending up on the landfill. The substances emergent from this mostly go directly into the natural cycle and enrich themselves there. The aim of RoHS is to exclude these dangerous substances from the production cycle or at least reduce them to a minimum.
The IMDS (International Material Data System) is an international material data system, which is used as an information exchange platform for the automotive industry. Based on this system, product trees are created in which all component materials and necessary data are collected which are used for a corresponding component. This data compilation simplifies future, homogeneous recycling of scrap cars and their individual parts. The background to this is the obligation of the automotive industry to recycle 95%, that is, the majority of the individual components of a car, when decommissioned.
The GADSL (Global Automotive Declarable Substance List) is a list of possible substances which are used in car parts.
Efforts all around the world from representatives of the automotive industry gave rise to this list. It simplifies communication and information exchange on using specific chemical substances for the entire automotive industry.
The special listing of forbidden substances helps the implementation of additional measures. This way, on the one hand, substances can be clearly avoided by manufacturers and, on the other hand, they correspond to the EU directive on end-of life vehicles, for example, when it comes to the later reutilisation of scrap cars.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is the pharmaceutical approval authority of the United States of America. The task of the FDA is to protect and improve public health in the USA.
The FDA examines the safety and effectiveness of human and animal pharmaceuticals, biological products, medicinal products, food and radiation-emitting devices.
This guideline applies to products manufactured in the USA as well as imported products. This means that all named products which are to be exported to or further processed in the USA must comply with FDA regulations.