May 31 was the European Unions final deadline to register substances under the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals regulation for substances manufactured or imported into the region. But some products may still be unregistered-specifically those made in small volumes by producers with a market focus outside the EU, such as lubricant additives-potentially creating supply disruptions for lube companies, an industry conference heard in May.
Companies should now have registered substances-whether they are an ingredient or a product unto themselves-if annual volumes that they handle exceed 1 metric ton. For lubricating oils, this means the base oils and all components of the additives, emphasized Andreas Dodos of Greek lube manufacturer Eldons S.A. He reiterated the oft-repeated slogan of the European Chemicals Agency, the regulatory body created to enforce REACH: No registration equals no market. Because of this, lubricant blenders and marketers doing business in the EU should ensure continuity of their supply chain by verifying the registration of their additive products, he advised attendees at GBCs CIS Base Oils and Lubricants conference.