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REACH is the EU chemicals legislation dealing with the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals. REACH covers chemical substances as such, in preparations or in articles intended to be released. The regulation replaces numerous EU laws and is complementary to other environmental and safety legislation.

The aims of REACH are to:

  • Improve the protection of human health and the environment from the risks that can be posed by chemicals
  • Enhance the competitiveness of the EU chemicals industry, a key sector for the economy of the EU
  • Promote alternative methods for the assessment of hazards of substances
  • Ensure the free circulation of substances on the internal market of the European Union

Hughes Electronics is classed as an importer or distributor of “articles” as defined in REACH Article 3(3).

As a distributor, Hughes Electronics does not manufacture any of the components it sells and does not add any chemicals during the handling process.

Products sold by Hughes Electronics are “articles” as defined in REACH Article 3(3). There is no intended release of substances from the products sold by Hughes Electronics, under normal or reasonably foreseeable conditions of use, therefore the requirement in REACH Article 7 (1)(b) to register substances contained in articles and intended to be released under normal or reasonably foreseeable conditions of use does not apply.

Chemicals used in the components or the manufacturing of components sold by Hughes Electronics are used at the discretion of the manufacturer and the relevant requirements of the REACH Regulation remain the responsibility of the manufacturer.

If you have any questions concerning this statement, please contact your Hughes Electronics Sales Representative.


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