More control and transparency for substances that fall under the scope of REACH

Freiheit Otsubo Consulting develops REACH add-on for SAP Business ByDesign. The new software extends the existing substance management in corporations and supports them in their legal obligation to keep records.


Whether it is in building materials, electronic parts or packaging materials – chemicals are everywhere and we come in contact with them daily. Some of these substances are suspected to be carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic to reproduction. Therefore, since 2007 substances of very high concern (SVHC) can only be placed on the market after registration in order to avoid negative impact on human health or the environment. This law is regulated by the European Union Regulation concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH). It requires all manufacturers, distributors, importers and downstream users to record and monitor hazardous chemicals.

Substance management in corporations needs to be extended in order to comply with the legal obligation to keep records of substances that fall under the scope of REACH

In order to comply with the strict REACH regulations companies face considerable additional efforts within their business processes. The legal obligation to keep records requires them to take safety measures for self-produced chemicals. Under certain circumstances the performance of a chemical safety assessment is mandatory as well. Here individual substances that have been supplied, imported or used in their products are being assessed.

Freiheit Otsubo Consulting has designed a software application for the process optimization that facilitates the recording and monitoring of chemicals within the REACH substance evaluation. They support corporations in the resource preserving documentation of relevant substances in their products in accordance with the REACH regulation. By designing the software as an add-on to SAP Business ByDesign it extends the existing substance management. It is primarily aimed at small and medium-sized companies that want to benefit from a reliable documentation and precise monitoring of their products and their substances.

Optimizing product planning processes via recording, documenting and consumption forecasting of substances that fall under the scope of REACH

The software includes functional features that help identify substances that fall under the scope of REACH and enables the recording, sharing and analysis of mixtures of substances. It documents relevant substances, determines the total amount and creates consumption forecasts based on orders and actual deliveries of products. The REACH add-on provides process optimization for substance management and further product planning. It offers a transparent overview over the current situation and predicted developments. It also supports companies in their obligation to keep records and is therefore an important monitoring tool in terms of compliance with the 1-ton mark.

The functions of the REACH add-on for SAP Business ByDesign at a glance:

  • Identification of substances that fall under the scope of REACH in product master

  • Recording, sharing and analysis of mixtures of substances

  • Documentation of substances that fall under the scope of REACH

  • Calculation of current total amount based on product deliveries

  • Consumption forecasts based on orders and actual deliveries of products