Each year, the Group works to eliminate or reduce the concentration of substances that pose extreme health or environmental risk, as well as heavy metals.
In Europe, the relevant regulation is REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals), which governs the control of Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) in the Candidate List. The list is updated every six months and covers "high concern" substances that may potentially be subject to authorization or restrictions in the future.
The Group uses the International Material Data System (IMDS) database to track each product compound, comparing it to the REACH regulation and the Global Automotive Declarable Substance List (GADSL). Data from the IMDS is then channeled into the Fiat End-of-Life Integration System (FELIS), a software program that enables monitoring of the product compound for all vehicles and automatic verification of the presence of SVHCs. When the new Candidate List was published in 2013, the analyses of vehicles, spare parts, engines and transmissions were updated accordingly, in order to meet the communication requirements outlined in Article 33 of the REACH regulation.
The results once again confirmed that in all Fiat Group Automobiles vehicles, the percentage of SVHCs is less than 0.1%.
In order to increase awareness and understanding of the issues related to REACH and its application, the Group conducts periodic training and disclosure sessions inside and outside the company. The Group also participated in relevant events and conferences, and continued ongoing interaction with the authorities responsible for managing and monitoring these issues.