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Regulatory information

We create, make and sell speciality chemicals and additives used globally for a variety of applications. We are committed to delivering the highest standards of safety for our employees, customers, and end users.  

To reflect the high standard of our speciality products we ensure that the necessary compliance with national and/or international regulations and legislation is assessed.   

Global inventory compliance information is available for each product in the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS), section 15, accessible via the MSDS Centre using the search function in the blue box above right.

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Global inventory compliance

To ensure our speciality chemicals and additives meet high safety standards, we work to ensure they meet global industry compliance whether that be for a specific industry or country.

Global chemical inventories, customer requirements and ongoing changes in certain countries are often complex. We therefore advise all customers to contact us directly for further information on product-inventory combinations.

Product regulatory requirements vary across the markets we serve and include:

  • Environmental acceptance
  • Quality assurance
  • Food contact
  • Marine safety.

USDA BioPreferred®

BioPreferred is a programme of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). It is an initiative that assists the development and expansion of markets for bio-based products. The BioPreferred Program is transforming the marketplace for bio-based products through two initiatives: mandatory purchasing requirements for Federal Agencies and voluntary product certification and labelling. Bio-based products span a diverse range of applications, such as lubricants, cleaning products, chemicals and bioplastics. Find out more about USDA BioPreferred.

Benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylene (BTEX)

What is BTEX? 

BTEX is a term used to describe a group of chemicals including benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylene. These chemicals are sweet smelling liquids which rapidly volatize in the air. They can be found naturally in crude oil and in the vicinity of natural gas and oil deposits. 

BTEX chemicals are released into the environment through a variety of man-made sources including: via emissions from motor vehicles and aircraft exhaust and during the production of chemical intermediates and consumer products. Occupational exposure to BTEX chemicals can result in adverse health effects.

As a result of their nature to elicit adverse human health effects, most governments have established guidelines for exposure to BTEX chemicals to protect public health and the environment. Safe concentrations in air and drinking water have been established. For example, the US EPA has established permissible levels for chemical contaminants in drinking water. The Australian Environmental Protection (Air) Policy specifies guideline values for BTEX chemicals in air.

US EPA’s Drinking Water Program can be found here.

Australia’s National Environment (Air Toxic) Measure here.

Due to the concerns around BTEX releases to the environment and their adverse health effects, many companies are looking to replace BTEX ingredients in their formulations. To mitigate this we offer a range of products that are BTEX free. 

Regulations for incidental and indirect food contact

Many of our products are designed for use in the processing, production, manufacture, and packaging of food products. It is therefore essential that they not only provide the required technical performance, but also comply with industry and national regulations for food contact. For more information about the food compliance of our products, please contact us.

NSF International HX-1 incidental food contact approval 

The NSF International non-food compounds program evaluates the contamination risk of chemical compounds used in and around food processing facilities. We offer a broad range of products approved under the FDA 21 CFR §178.3570 – Lubricants with incidental food contact and/ or have NSF registration as an ingredient for use in lubricants with incidental food contact (HX-1).

Search the NSF non-food compounds listing directory for confirmation of our product compliance.  

RAL quality association phase change materials (PCMs)

We are members of RAL Quality Association PCM, the industry body that represents the interests of manufacturers and users of PCMs specifically for our CrodaTherm™ brand.

PCMs are an excellent solution to save energy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and achieve renewable energy goals reliably and economically. The Quality Association is in contact with all stakeholders and makes sure that the PCM manufacturers' and users' interests are heard and understood. Find out more about RAL PCM.  

REACH registration

REACH is a regulation of the European Union, adopted to improve the protection of human health and the environment from the risks during the production and use of chemical substances.  

ATIEL, Europe’s leading authority on the technical and legislative aspects of lubricant products, provide further useful information.  

We work hard to ensure our products meet the requirement of REACH and that our REACH dossiers contain the relevant end-users for which our products are intended. For information about the REACH status of our products please refer to the relevant product MSDS or contact our team. 
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Vessel General Permit (VGP)

VGP was introduced by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to restrict the use and discharge of lubricants onboard commercial vessels operating in US coastal waters.  

For information about our ester base fluids for use in VGP marine applications please contact our team. 
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OSPAR and CEFAS

OSPAR identify threats to the marine environment within the North-East Atlantic region and regulate discharges of fluids into the sea, with an aim of less hazardous or, ideally, non-hazardous substances being used. More information can be obtained via the OSPAR commission.  

CEFAS (Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science) provide scientific and environmental advice in the United Kingdom (and The Netherlands) for the Offshore Chemical Notification Scheme (OCNS). Further information can be obtained directly from CEFAS or please contact our team. 

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