Overview

On 1 June 2007, the REACH-Regulation (EC) No. 1907/2006 came into force which introduces an integrated system for the registration, evaluation, authorisation and restriction of chemical substances. The new regulation replaces numerous EU directives and regulations, and gives industry the responsibility for demonstrating the safety of its products. To this should be added the CLP-Regulation (EC) No. 1272/2008 of 16 December 2008 on the classification, labelling and packaging of substances and blends, amending and repealing Directives 67/548/EEC and 1999/45/EC and amending Regulation (EC) No. 1907/2006 and harmonising the criteria for the classification of substances and blends, and the rules on the labelling and packaging of hazardous substances and blends.

Guaranteeing the compliance of our products

To ensure compliance with the procedures required by the REACH and CLP Regulations Eni has developed efficient processes and structures to control that all of its products are registered and/or licensed and is in close communication with its customers and suppliers to ensure the compliance of all its products. The main tool to transmit information along the supply chain is the Safety Data Sheet (SDS) which describes the hazards connected with the use, handling, storage and transport and provides guidelines for the proper use of a substance/ blend. The Safety Data Sheets for Eni products can be found here.

Exchange with suppliers and customers

In the general framework for the implementation of Regulation (EC) No. 1907/2006 REACH, one of the fundamental aspects concerns the exchange of information between manufacturers or importers and users of chemicals (“downstream users”). A particularly important element of this exchange concerns the identification of the actual use of the substances, in order to evaluate them in the registration process, and include them in the future in the extended data sheet (eSDS). If a specific use of the substance is not indicated on the sheet, this could lead to restrictions on possible uses. The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has developed a series of codes (“REACH” descriptors) to catalogue the uses of substances and facilitate the exchange of information on conditions of use in various industrial sectors. A list of these codes and other information on their use are available on the ECHA website. We indicate by way of example some descriptors used in petroleum products.

Domestic fleet med area (Type of information)Description (Meaning of code)Example
SU Market sectors using the product SU3 - Industrial productions
PC Use by compound type PC24 - Lubricants, greases
PROC Type of use or process PROC1 - Used in closed processes
AC Category of the article AC1O-1 - Rubber products, tyres
ERC Referring to the release mechanism ERC


A complete list of use descriptors foreseen in the registration of substances by the REACH Regulation and exposure scenarios for substances related to the oil cycle are available on the following sites: http://www.concawe.org (Select “REACH Implementation”, then “9. List of Identified Uses.”) and http://www.atiel.org (Select “REACH”).

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Eni is committed to compliance with applicable European and extra-European legislation regarding its products and activities.
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