Textile Processors that manufacture flame retardant textiles play a key role in the supply chain when the choice and use of chemicals and systems are considered.
The textile processor buys either formulation components or a complete compounds from their suppliers. They are thus a key part of the supply chain where responsibility is taken for the products used meeting all the requirements of the end customer. The employment of chemicals as part of the production carried out on any premises must, in the UK, meet both the requirements of COSHH and REACH. It is an important component of this scheme that, whatever the local regulations, the production uses the UK standards as a minimum and furthermore is fully compliant with the supply chain requirements established within the REACH regulatory scheme. The relevance of the REACH requirements for the end consumer are recognised and respected by this scheme.
The Chemical Suppliers involved have a responsibility to ensure that the products they supply meet not only the Processor’s requirements but also the well-defined and quite precise legal requirements attached to the products they supply and the information they must provide to the Processor under the REACH regulations.
Both parts of the supply chain are required to have a full understanding of the chemicals they use and sell on as finished products. They must have available to them all the available data on the chemicals they are working with regard to possible environmental and human health impacts. They are expected to act upon the information at their disposal and ensure that the products they subsequently supply do not bring unnecessary or unrecognised risks to the consumer.
It is a requirement of membership of the FCOGP that: