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Industry declaration on REACH Article 33: Duty to communicate information on substances in articles

Brussels, 14 July 2017

The container glass industry puts products (bottles, jars, tableware) on the market which are articles as they comply with the REACH definition of an article: “an object which during production is given a special shape, surface or design which determines its function to a greater degree than its chemical composition”.
These articles are simple articles, as opposed to assembled, complex articles (products made of several articles assembled together). This means that glass. Containers are articles within the meaning of the REACH regulation, since their function is determined primarily by the shape and surface, not by the chemical composition. Commission Regulation (EC) No 987/2008 of 8 October 2008 defines glass as a substance.
Glass articles are therefore articles made of a unique substance, “Soda-lime Silicate glass”, which itself doesn’t contain any substance from a formal REACH perspective.   See the joint statement here.

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