Almost all SVHCs and restricted chemicals designated under REACH, as well as their application scope in metallic and non-metallic materials of auto parts are listed on the standard.
On October 31, China’s Zhongguancun Inspection, Testing and Certification Industry Technology Alliance released a group standard T/ZTCA 011.1—2022 Automotive industry control of key chemical substances — Part 1: Application guidelines. The standard was developed and co-drafted by several industrial leaders, such as BMW Brilliance Automotive Ltd and BYD Auto, and prestigious universities and research institutes, which has drawn widespread attention. It will be adopted by relevant automotive enterprises involved in the drafting work and available for voluntary adoption by others. The standard takes effect on the same day it was released.
In recent years, as more and more Chinese automotive enterprises march into the EU market for market share, they are increasingly constrained by technical trade barriers set up by REACH regulation – Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals. According to news published in 2020, a pilot project conducted by European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) examining imports of products into the EU has found that 23% of them were non-compliant with REACH and the Classification, Labeling and Packaging (CLP) regulations. Those found to be non-compliant (74%) mostly came from China, as well as from other Asia countries. With no industrial consensus on a consistent and reliable testing method for regulated chemicals, auto enterprises are faced with rising costs of legal compliance.
The formulation of T/ZTCA 011.1-2022 is set to provide general technical standards for the testing of REACH-controlled chemicals in automotive industry. It specifies the application scope of controlled chemicals in metallic and non-metallic materials of auto parts, including 222 substances of very high concern (SVHC) and 77 entries of restricted chemicals. Companies may adopt this standard as a testing reference and ensure safe use of these controlled chemicals to protect human health and environment.