Additional Information and FAQs

WHAT IS SWAROVSKI DOING TO IMPLEMENT REACH?

The implementation work was already started early in 2006 in order to ensure that Swarovski is well prepared for REACH. Our team of experts is monitoring REACH closely and implements all necessary measures to ensure a smooth transition into the REACH era, thus avoiding any unnecessary disruption in the marketing and supply of Swarovski articles.

HAS SWAROVSKI REGISTERED THE SUBSTANCES IN MY PRODUCT?

Swarovski has registered, where necessary, all substances manufactured in or imported into the European Union. For chemicals and articles sourced in the EU, Swarovski is a downstream user. As such we have sought communication with our suppliers to ensure that key raw materials will be supported and that our manufacturing processes will not be affected. We can, however, not guarantee that our suppliers register all their products and take our uses into account. Should problems in our supply chain arise, Swarovski will work hard with its suppliers to solve them, as this is in the mutual interest of all parties involved.

WHAT IS A DOWNSTREAM USER?

A downstream user means any natural or legal person established within the Community, other than the manufacturer or the importer, who uses a substance, either on its own or in a preparation, in the course of his industrial or professional activities. A distributor or a consumer is not a downstream user.

WHAT SHOULD I DO AS DOWNSTREAM USER OF SWAROVSKI ARTICLES?

The risk assessment on the use of a chemical in question plays a central role in the REACH concept and will require the exchange of information between supplier and downstream user. Swarovski generally has a very good understanding of the typical applications of its products by its downstream users, if these articles are used according to the intended application. On demand Swarovski will timely request all information needed from its downstream users, in case this will be necessary. Generally, no immediate action by you is required at the moment.

In case you use our articles in a way that is contrary to that for which they have specifically been developed, or in a way that you suspect we have no knowledge of, you may wish to let us know through communication up the supply chain.

WHAT ARE SVHC‘s?

We would like to inform you that the identification of substances as substances of very high concern (SVHC) is a multi-step process:

  • A EU member state prepares a document detailing the reasons why it believes that a dangerous substance is of “very high concern”. This work is usually not done in public but only on initiative of the competent authority of a member state.
  • The ECHA then collects these documents and publishes them on its website as a “consultation” (see here). This happens multiple times a year. At the end of the consultation a consensus is reached and this will be to either include a particular substance on the SVHC list, or not to include it.

WHERE CAN I FIND THE MOST RECENT LIST OF SVHC's?

The ECHA publishes the current SVHC-list on its webpage. The number of substances on this so called <Candidate List for Authorisation> steadily increases and the most recent version is published here.