Companies should create or reference a list of chemicals of high concern, communicate that list to suppliers, and update annually.
The purpose and scope of a list of chemicals of high concern may vary. At a minimum, your company’s list of chemicals of high concern should include those restricted in the regions where you operate. Note that states and local governments may have their own restrictions and reporting requirements. Frequently, chemical restrictions include threshold levels permitted for a given concentration in a component or product. This is known as a “restricted substances list” or RSL.
Companies may choose to expand their list of chemicals of high concern beyond legally restricted chemicals. To determine additional chemicals of concern, it may be valuable to involve staff from the legal department, product development, or in-house toxicologists, if available, along with external consultants. NGOs that conduct research on chemicals of concern can also be a good source of intelligence about known and emerging chemicals of concern of relevance to your product lines.