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Lead on ECHA's SVHC Candidate list

ARGE presents recommendation for manufacturers

Lead on SVHC Candidate list

ARGE Conference 2019

FVSB invites members delegates, friends and experts to Bonn, Germany


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Your Official Invite to the ARGE Conference 2019 is here – registration is open

Hosted by the German Fachverband Schloss- und Beschlagindustrie e.V. (FVSB), this year’s event will take place at the KAMEHA GRAND hotel in Bonn on 5th and 6thSeptember.

The event will provide members with an update on key items from the ARGE Agenda, including the future of harmonised EN standards, ARGE’s EPD, BIM, and smart locks for smart homes. In addition, we will address new topics such as, ‘Digital Construction’ and the challenges of the ‘European Chemicals Legislation’ for our industry.

Distinguished guest speakers will share their views with us on the outlook for the European economy and on what to expect from ‘Generation Z’.

ARGE’s General Meeting will also take place at the conference and will see the election of a new chairman, as required by ARGE’s Constitution.  

We hope you will join us in making this an event to remember.

You are cordially invited to participate at the ARGE Conference 2019! The official invite with the conference details and the registration form can be downloaded here.

Please register no later than Wednesday 24th July, 2019, as the room reservation ARGE made at the KAMEHA GRAND hotel will expire then.



ARGE supports its members in complying with EU’s REACH regulation.

REACH is a regulation of the European Union, adopted to improve the protection of human health and the environment from the risks that can be posed by chemicals. REACH is considered to be one of the most complex EU regulations which enterprises within the EU/ EEC have to comply with. The related tasks for SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) can be considerable. ARGE has made it one of its priorities to support manufacturers of building hardware in successfully mastering selected REACH challenges.

Use of nickel for keys.

Since Q1/2017 ARGE has been lobbying against the proposal of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) to restrict the use of nickel in keys. Recently, the European Commission and ECHA decided to discontinue the preparation of a guideline which would have extended the presently existing restriction of the use of nickel. As a result, the threat that nickel would be restricted for the use in keys is averted for the time being.

Read more about the success story ‘Nickel Guideline’.

The heavy metal lead (Pb) and building hardware.

On 27th June 2018 the heavy metal lead (Pb) was added to REACH’s ‘Candidate List of Substances of Very High Concern for authorisation’ (‘Candidate List of SVHC’). As lead is used in alloys of which various components of building hardware (and in some cases the products themselves) are made of, certain duties and obligations under the REACH Regulation became relevant for a considerable number of manufacturers of building hardware. ARGE prepared a recommendation on how to comply with the related requirements.

Read more about ARGE’s recommendation concerning lead being on REACH’s Candidate List of SVHC’.