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Reach Delivery International is to launch Reach Delivery to enable chemical manufacturers, importers, distributors and downstream users to meet a key requirement of the EU Reach legislation.

The service will enable manufacturers, importers, distributors and downstream users to guarantee the secure delivery and receipt of Safety Data Sheets (SDS) and associated documentation when they ship chemical substances to customers within Europe.

The launch, open to all companies worldwide, is scheduled for 10 January 2011.

To comply with Reach, vendors are now responsible for ensuring the delivery of SDS and associated documentation to their customers and for keeping these documents up-to-date in the event of any changes or clarifications.

Suppliers will no longer be able to simply publish these documents on a website or in a catalogue of SDS for customers to access.

Sending the latest SDS in the post or by e-mail will be inadequate as companies will not be able to guarantee delivery, nor record proof of delivery without significant additional time, effort and cost.

In addition, traditional delivery methods will not provide any automated process to accommodate the Reach regulations when supplying SDS updates to customers.

This is not a challenge that individual organisations will be able to solve by developing a proprietary document delivery system as this would be unworkable in a global industry.

Malcolm Carroll, director at Reach Delivery International, said: ‘The first phase of Reach registration is finalised this month and manufacturers and importers of chemicals will need to consider how they tackle their requirements around the delivery and receipt of SDS.

‘They will have to ensure that up-to-date documents are delivered to their customers and they subsequently keep their customers updated with the very latest SDS to comply with regulations.

‘Reach Delivery provides a single point of access for delivery and receipt of SDS and provides compliance support, not only to the chemical industry but to all downstream users,’ Carroll added.

Jo Lloyd, director at Reach Ready, said: ‘With the completion of the first phase of Reach registration, many manufacturers and importers of chemicals are now revising their SDSs to incorporate new hazard and risk information they have learned during registration or in reclassifying their substances according to the new CLP regulation.

‘The new year will see a flurry of revised SDSs enter the supply chain and keeping track of what has been sent to which customer and ensuring delivery will bring its own headaches – regulators have been quite clear that suppliers are now responsible for delivering revised SDSs to their customers.

‘As part of our Matchmaker service, Reachready is keen to promote tools that help facilitate Reach and CLP compliance and welcomes this new management product from Reach Delivery, a Reachready Approved Supplier,’ Lloyd added.

Reach Delivery is an online service that enables the electronic delivery, receipt, control, update, audit and tracking of SDSs in line with the Reach regulations.

It is a free-to-use service with an optional pay-as-you-use area for users wanting to send documents externally, who will then pay a low ‘per document’ fee.

Recipients of the SDS and other documents are able to use the service free-of-charge.

Reach Delivery requires no lengthy implementation or training.

A simple set-up and registration process will enable users to send securely the latest versions of SDS directly to their customers’ desktops and receive proof or delivery and receipt as soon as their customers access the documents.

An audit trail of all activities related to their documents is provided to demonstrate compliance and reduce the risk of any potential enforcement and legal action.

Reach Delivery users benefit by being able to distribute the SDS throughout their company, via Reach Delivery, free-of-charge, ensuring the latest SDS are always being used across their organisation.

The system notifies them immediately of any changes to any information in their SDS, with an updated version replacing the previous one so only the latest version is in use.

All SDS will be held securely on a central repository, accessible only by the document owner or a recipient to whom they have sent the document.

Users can also, optionally, elect to store copies of documents locally on their own machines for online or offline operations and still guarantee that these documents are automatically kept up-to-date.

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