Mån 6 dec / År 39 / Nr 4 2021

Sustainability Support Service: Supporting companies

Sustainability Support Service (Europe) AB provides technical assistance and compliance to a wide network of companies in the EU and elsewhere in the world. This includes support for REACH and other European regulations.

Based in Sweden, Sustainability Support Service (Europe) AB is a helpdesk that was initially set up to support companies as they comply with the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) Regulation (EC No 1907/2006). This is an EU regulation that requires all companies manufacturing or importing substances into the European Union at a rate of 1 tonne or more a year to register these chemicals. REACH came into force on 1 June 2007, and the final deadline for registration is 1 June 2018.
Sustainability Support Service’s team has been working on REACH-related issues since 2002, and is currently dealing with around 8,000 preregistrations from over 800 companies.
“We are specialists in regulatory compliance for chemicals, including active pharmaceutical ingredients,” explained Shisher Kumra, executive director, Sustainability Support Service.

Expanding beyond REACH: Working outside Europe
Through its network of European and Indian business intermediaries, Sustainability Support Service can help companies deal with European regulations beyond REACH, as well as upcoming chemical regulations in other countries such as Turkey, China, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, and Canada.
“We have a lot of links with governments and industry bodies, including a lot of connections with the Indian industry and government, said Kumra. “We understand the Indian market well, and can support companies who would like to make the most of this fast-growing market.”

Providing a service
Whereas large manufacturers of chemicals and active pharmaceutical ingredients have resources in-house to be able to deal with international regulations, smaller companies can struggle to carry out the assays and provide the information required.
Sustainability Support Service has a large database of toxicology information, which allows it to create a profile for client companies’ chemicals, based on existing information, including studies of similar chemicals. It can then simply carry out the studies required to fill any gaps, and combine new and existing data. This both keeps the costs down and speeds up the process.
“We can design the required studies, or co-ordinate with our network of affiliated laboratories,” says Kumra. “We can keep up-to-date with the changing regulations worldwide, which can be challenging for small companies, and we also have the facilities to perform various in vitro studies as required within the REACH Regulation” says Kumra.
Complying with chemical regulations may involve a one-time only registration, or regular updates, and companies can pay per use or may subscribe to Sustainability Support Service’s facilities annually.