If you manufacture or even just sell products in the US you already must comply with pertinent EPA and FDA regulations. And if you ship to California your have their list of known and suspect materials that must be reported. For those of us dealing with a global marketplace the RoHS directive was proposed in 2002 and became a major factor in 2006 but it dealt with only six hazardous material found in the electrical industry.
On its heels was the broad REACH directive with its 848 pages and initial listing of 143,000 chemicals. Of these a subgroup called SVHC (substances of very high concern) was published in 2011 and these 173 materials are under even stricter scrutiny. How does this affect you, the direct or indirect user/consumer? You need to know exactly what is in the products that you ship to the EU – no “proprietary protected formulation” exclusions apply. You must state whether or not your materials are in compliance and if a material is not registered then the rule of law is “no data, no market”.
For an article published today by ThomasNet click here -> REACH – ThomasNet