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New FEICA Use Maps

To improve the quality of the information on typical use and conditions of use of adhesives and sealants communicated in the supply chain, FEICA committed to the Chemical Safety Report/Exposure Scenarios Roadmap and developed Use Maps to support Chemical Safety Assessments under REACH that reflect relevant and realistic information on adhesives and sealants. 

FEICA Use Maps compile, in a harmonised and structured way, the majority of the industrial and professional applications of the adhesive and sealant sector. Registrants are urged to use the data contained therein to prepare or update their REACH dossiers.

The ‘Use Map package’ consist of four templates: 

  • the aforementioned use map template, which provides the general description of the uses; 
  • three separate templates providing the inputs needed to carry out exposure assessments, for workers (SWEDs), environment (SpERCs) and consumers (SCEDs). These specific templates for exposure assessments are provided below. 

Sector-specific Workers Exposure Descriptions (SWEDs)

SWEDs are meant to inform on operational conditions and risk management measures for activities by workers. Therefore, they can be used by registrants as inputs to their Chemical Safety Assessments.  

To help manufacturers and importers of substances to understand how substances are typically handled in the adhesives and sealants sector, FEICA developed SWEDs covering both industrial and professional applications. 

You can also download the Guidance on "Sector-specific approaches towards developing and communicating information for the safe use of mixtures", which explains the ‘bottom-up’ approach for deriving information on the safe use of mixtures. 

This approach has two main elements: 

  • Safe Use of Mixtures Information (SUMIs), which aim to provide simplified and tailored information on the safe use of mixtures for end-users, 
  • Sector-Specific Workers Exposure Descriptions (SWEDs), which contain detailed information for the workers exposure assessment and are the basis of the SUMIs.
FEICA SUMIs will be made available shortly.

Specific Environmental Release Categories (SpERCs)

In addition, FEICA has developed sector-specific SpERCs. These are one of the exposure assessment inputs contained in the above-mentioned use maps, aiming to support registrants to carry out the environmental part of the REACH Chemical Safety Assessment.

The SpERCs allow the refinement of the environmental emission estimations, as they provide more realistic parameter values. The relevant SpERCs for the adhesive and sealant industry are documented in SpERC fact sheets (which include sector-specific parameters, risk management measures and operational conditions). The SpERC Factsheets provide information on conditions of use and the related releases to the environment in a downstream user sector. 

More information on how to use the SpERCs can be found in the Cefic guidance (version 2 - October 2012) which provides information from various industry sectors, including adhesives and sealants.

The revised FEICA SpERCs Fact sheets (version 2 - revised Feb 2013) and Chesar files are available hereunder:

These SpERCs provide comprehensive documentation of the emission assessment in the Chemical Safety Report, and can be implemented into the current version 2.1 of CHESAR (CHEmical Safety Assessment and Reporting tool) by using the CHESAR SpERC files (Download in ZIP format).

NOTE: The second generation of SpERCs were reviewed this year, in accordance with the work done under the Chemical Safety Report/Exposure Scenario Roadmap (area 2.4) and following up on the outcome of the ‘Best Practices Project’. As a result, a new harmonised SpERC Factsheet Template - with explanatory notes - has been recently published by ECHA. FEICA's revised SpERC factsheet will be made available on this webpage shortly.

Specific Consumers Exposure Determinants (SCEDs)

SCEDs are sets of realistic exposure determinants that aim to facilitate the exposure assessment of different consumer products, and are included in area 2 of the Chemical safety report/Exposure scenario roadmap (area 2.5).

FEICA - together with the Downstream Users of Chemicals Co-ordination group (DUCC) and CONCAWE (oil industry) - participated in this work, and the first developments resulting from this activity are now available: 

More information about SCEDs can be found on the DUCC webpage Activities

To assist companies with the Chemical Safety Assessments of adhesives and sealants consumer’s products, FEICA SCEDs are publicly available as supporting information on their typical conditions of use. The FEICA SCEDs are intended to represent realistic assumptions for consumer exposure assessments for these specific products.

At present, FEICA has developed SCEDs factsheets covering the following adhesive and sealant products: universal glues, glues for DIY-use, spray glues and joint sealants. 

For more information on the Use Maps packages, please visit the ECHA use map webpage, which provides a library with the available ‘sectors use-packages’.

External links

ECHA support (regulations, guidance tools, FAQs, etc.):
Downstream Users of Chemicals Co-ordination Group - DUCC:
The ECETOC Targeted Risk Assessment (TRA) tool: 
European Solvents Industry Group (ESIG):