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    Press Release | FEICA publishes Use Maps to improve communication under REACH

    FEICA, the Association of the European Adhesive and Sealant Industry, has published Use Maps to help registrants understand how substances are typically handled in this industry, and to support Chemical Safety Assessments under REACH that reflect relevant and realistic information on adhesives and sealants. 

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    Guidance at a glance - ES series (5) - Communicating information on ‘use’ for mixtures within the supply chain: SWEDs and SUMIs - for members For members

    The fifth publication in the FEICA 'Guidance at a Glance' series on Exposure Scenarios (ES) explains how to communicate information on ‘use’ for mixtures within the supply chain, SWEDs and SUMIs


    This document, developed by FEICA's Exposure Scenarios TTF, explains the sector-specific, bottom-up approach to help you comply with your REACH obligations to provide ‘safe use information’ for classified hazardous mixtures.

    • It includes the ‘solution’ to communicate Safe Use of Mixture Information (SUMIs) downstream to the end-users – i.e. your customers. 
    In addition it also covers the solution to assist you informing on your uses and use conditions upstream:  
    • the Sector-specific Worker Exposure Description (SWEDs), which serves as upstream communication of the exposure parameters for the registrants’ assessments.

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    Guidance at a glance - ES series (4) - Communicating information on ‘use’ for mixtures within the supply chain: Use maps - for members For members

    The fourth publication in the FEICA 'Guidance at a Glance' series on Exposure Scenarios (ES) explains how to communicate information on ‘use’ for mixtures within the supply chain, the so-called Use Maps


    This document, developed by FEICA's Exposure Scenarios TTF, explains you the different ‘exposure packages’ and use reporting tools that are being finalised to assist you with the communication of the uses and conditions of use of your typical adhesive and sealant applications upstream - i.e. to your  suppliers (to ultimately have your use covered in the registrant’s dossier). 

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    FEICA Guidance Paper 2016 - Specific Consumer Exposure Determinants (SCEDs)

    The SCEDs concept was initiated in 2012 and the activity has since been integrated into the "Chemical Safety Report/Exposure Scenario 2018 Roadmap" - action 2.5, to assist registrants with the next REACH registration deadline.

    In this context the SCEDs facilitate the harmonisation and communication of the conditions of safe use of consumer products along the supply chain. Consequently, they document typical conditions of use expressed in a format that can be fed into the commonly applied exposure assessment tools. 

    SCEDs are intended to represent realistic assumptions for consumer exposure assessments, provided in the form of ‘factsheets’.

    This document contains the four FEICA SCED-factsheets developed so far, that cover the following adhesive and sealant products: universal glues, glues for DIY-use, spray glues, and joint sealants

    Given that SCEDs are meant to cover direct uses of consumer products/articles, an additional SCED to cover glues actively marketed for use by children is under development. Furthermore, a background document, aiming to justify our values, is also under development and will be published on the website as supporting paper.

    Guidance on the use of the SCEDs is also available on FEICA's public website.

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    Guidance at a glance - ES series (3) - The relevance of SCEDs to FEICA Members For members

    The third publication in the FEICA 'Guidance at a Glance' series on Exposure Scenarios (ES) explains the relevance of SCEDs to FEICA members and how they facilitate your REACH-requirements on ‘safe use’ communication. 


    Specific Consumer Exposure Determinants (SCEDs) have been called the consumer equivalent of the Specific Environmental Release Categories (SpERCs). They document the "exposure determinants” – i.e. the factors which determine the exposure to a substance – and offer more realistic data for use as "information input” in a consumer exposure assessment. 

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    FEICA Fact sheet - SpERCs - Wide dispersive use of adhesives and sealants by professional users and consumers

    FEICA has developed sector-specific SpERCs to comply with REACH chemical safety assessments. The SpERCs allow the refinement of the environmental emission estimations, as they provide more realistic parameter values.

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    FEICA Fact sheet SpERCs - Industrial Use of Substances in Adhesives

    FEICA has developed sector-specific SpERCs to comply with REACH chemical safety assessments. The SpERCs allow the refinement of the environmental emission estimations, as they provide more realistic parameter values. 

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    FEICA Fact sheet SpERCs - Formulation of adhesives

    FEICA Fact sheet SpERCs - Formulation of adhesives, version 2, revised February 2013


    FEICA has developed sector-specific SpERCs to comply with REACH chemical safety assessments. The SpERCs allow the refinement of the environmental emission estimations, as they provide more realistic parameter values.

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    FEICA Guidance Paper - Change documentation of FEICA SpERC revision

    Overview of changes in FEICA SpERCs

    In order to reflect improvement, the factsheets have been revised by the sector organisations, generally by reformatting and adding more detailed background information to enable its transparent application. Furthermore the SpERCs have been simplified. While the previous SpERCs still remain valid, the new revised SpERCs have assigned new version numbers (v2) to discriminate between the different assumptions made in both, the previous and the revised version.

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    Guidance at a glance - ES series (2) - Relevance of SpERCs to FEICA members For members

    This second publication in the FEICA 'Guidance at a Glance' series on Exposure Scenarios (ES) addresses the Specific Environmental Release Categories (SpERCs) with an overview of their relevance for FEICA members. 

    FEICA, among other sector associations, developed SpERCs on a voluntary basis using a recently standardised best practice format . The FEICA SpERCs describe the environmental emissions from typical uses of adhesive and sealants in industrial, professional and do-it-yourself applications, as well as from its product formulation.  Together with the recent development of the sector-Specific Worker Exposure Descriptions (SWEDs) and sector-Specific Consumer Exposure Determinants (SCEDs), the SpERCs build the basis for registrants to provide safe use scenarios of their chemicals. For FEICA members they can provide evidence and facilitation in safe use communication.