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.
FEICA Use Map Guidance
Several downstream user associations under the umbrella of DUCC (Downstream Users of Chemicals Coordination Group) summarised their typical uses by including state-of-the-art use conditions of the main applications in use maps. As a result, FEICA published a guidance document for FEICA use maps.This guidance is not intended to describe the full use map concept but rather the specifics of applying the FEICA use map.
*Please note that CHESAR refers to ECHA's CHEmical Safety Assessment and Reporting tool. The FEICA use map Chesar files are only compatible with Chesar 3.6.
Please also see the FEICA leaflet titled 'How to improve your supply chain communication by implementing sector use maps', providing more information on the advantages linked to the implementation of sector use maps.
The ‘use map package’ consists of four templates:
- the 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 in the sections below.
Mixture Assessment Factor explained
Under the Chemical Strategy for Sustainability, the Commission plans to put a system in place that covers the combination effects of unintentional chemical mixtures. Because of the complexity linked to regulating an almost infinite number of possible combination of chemicals, the concept of a Mixture Assessment Factor (MAF) was launched. Find out more details about the MAF concept and the consequences in this FEICA leaflet 'Mixture Assessment Factor explained'.
Sector-specific Workers Exposure Descriptions (SWEDs) and Safe Use of Mixtures Information (SUMIs)
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.
- Download FEICA SWEDs (Version 2.1 - revised Jan. 2021)
- Download FEICA SUMIs (version 1 - December 2018)
Information on the sector-specific approaches for deriving and communicating information for the safe use of mixtures by workers is available in the Guidance on "Sector-specific approaches towards developing and communicating information for the safe use of mixtures".
A set of supporting slides explaining this sectorial "bottom-up” approach for deriving and communicating information for the safe-use of mixtures by workers are also available, in different languages, on the DUCC website under 'Guidance and Tools'.
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.
SUMI pictograms: The Downstream Users of Chemicals Co-ordination Group (DUCC) of which FEICA is a member, has developed free-to-use pictograms to be used with the SUMIs. A total of seven pictogrammes are available on the DUCC website under 'publications'. Please read the DUCC Disclaimer and Terms and Conditions of Use before making use of the files.
Use of SUMIs: Please see DUCC communication "How to use SUMIs: operational framework".
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 (revised Oct. 2017 - Jan. 2018) and CHESAR files are available for download hereunder:
- Revised FEICA SPERCs fact sheets
- FEICA SPERCs in CHESAR format (chr3)
- FEICA Background Document - SPERCs for the INDUSTRIAL USE of adhesives and sealants
- FEICA & EFCC Background document - SPERCs for the formulation of adhesives, sealants and construction chemical products
- FEICA & EFCC Background document - SPERCs for the widespread use of adhesives, sealants and construction chemical products
NOTE 1: The second generation of SPERCs were reviewed 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 - was published by ECHA. To facilitate harmonisation, the revised FEICA SPERC factsheets are made available on this latest template.
NOTE 2: Cleaning files have been published and are available on the use map library. These cleaning packages are to be used by the assessors who have imported in their CHESAR the previous version of FEICA SPERC files. The cleaning files will obsolete non-relevant library items in the CHESAR application. They need to be imported in CHESAR box 6 ("SPERCs” tab and "Condition of use templates” tab respectively).
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).
- Download the SCEDs Guidance providing assistance on how to use the SCEDs for exposure assessments.
- Download the SCEDs harmonised template to compile the SCED information.
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.
- Download the FEICA Guidance Paper on SCEDs, containing four FEICA SCED factsheets.
- Download the FEICA SCEDs survey and its Supporting Paper.
Information on the use maps packages are available on the FEICA Extranet and the ECHA use map webpage. Should you have any questions or feedback regarding the FEICA use maps, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.