Global Regulatory Monitoring System of Chemical Substances


Frequently Asked Questions


What is the system? Who is it for? Why is it here?

Global Regulatory Monitoring System of Chemical Substances (GRMS²) is a regulatory radar for the Automotive Industry. The tool, developed by Yordas Group on behalf of ACEA, provides key information on regulatory action being considered for the substances used in the automotive industry.

Its aim is to inform automotive companies in advance of regulations being put in place, enabling the sector to make timely decisions regarding regulatory compliance.


What is the scope of the tool in terms of legislation?

The following non-exhaustive list of topics are considered to fall in scope of GRMS²:

  • Air emissions: for vehicle interior air quality only (VOCs)
  • Chemical Management: e.g. REACH, Biocides, Chemicals in Packaging, Banned & Restricted Substances, GHS, Cal. Prop 65, TSCA, Conflict Minerals
  • Electronics: e.g. RoHS
  • Environmental Product Stewardship
  • Occupational Health: concerning chemicals: e.g. OSHA PELs
  • Waste: e.g. chemicals threshold in waste, Basel convention, ELV Heavy Metal Ban; not including things like recyclability rates
  • Water: e.g. chemicals thresholds in waste water only if it is process related

Examples of topics considered to fall outside of scope of GRMS² include: Above and Below Ground Tank Management, Asbestos, Occupational Health: physical safety (e.g. work environments, equipment and practices), Community Noise, Flora and Fauna, Food Safety, General Environmental Requirements, Incident Prevention and Response Marine, Process Safety, Safety, Security, Transport of Dangerous Goods, and Personal Care/ Cosmetics.

Each year the laws which are proposed for addition to GRMS2 in the following calendar year are agreed between ACEA and Yordas Group.


How is Relevance of a Sub Law Fact Sheet determined?

Once a legislation (Mother Law) has been determined to be in scope of the project, a relevance assessment for each Sub Law must be undertaken; this is a two stage process. Stage 1 is a regulatory assessment i.e. “are there requirements in the legal text which are relevant to the Automotive Industry?”. Sub Laws determined to be relevant in Stage 1 move onto the Stage 2 assessment.

Sub Laws impacting on Articles/Spare parts must have at least one substance listed on the ACEA Basic Substances List (BSL) for the fact sheet to be considered relevant under Stage 2. Likewise, Sub Laws impacting on Process Chemicals must have at least one substance listed on the ACEA Process Chemicals List (PCL) for the fact sheet to be considered relevant under Stage 2. Sub Laws impacting on both Articles/Spare parts and Process Chemicals must have at least one substance listed on either the ACEA BSL or PCL for the fact sheet to be considered relevant.

Diagram explaining how relevance is calculated

Why can't I find the law that I am looking for?

The roll-out of the GRMS² tool is scheduled to take place over a 3-year period, with laws being added during that time. Therefore a law may not have been added yet. Another reason for not finding a law might be that it is out of scope of the tool in terms of legislations or countries covered.


Who is allowed to use the system?

Companies related to the automotive supply chain are allowed to use GRMS². Contract conditions and a license fee can be requested by contacting ACEA's Mr. Jens Warsen (jw@acea.be). If your business is not related to the automotive industry please contact Yordas Group (grms2@yordasgroup.com).


Which regions/countries are covered?

Africa Algeria
Egypt
Morocco
Nigeria
South Africa
Tunisia
Asia/Oceania/Middle East 1 Australia
China
India
Japan
South Korea
Asia/Oceania/Middle East 2 Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)
Hong Kong
Indonesia
Iran
Israel
Kuwait
Malaysia
New Zealand
Oman
Pakistan
Philippines
Qatar
Saudi Arabia
Singapore
Taiwan
Thailand
United Arab Emirates
Vietnam
Canadian Provinces Alberta
British Columbia
Manitoba
New Brunswick
Newfoundland and Labrador
Nova Scotia
Ontario
Prince Edward Island
Quebec
Saskatchewan
Europe European Union
Europe Member State Austria
Belgium
Bulgaria
Croatia
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
Estonia
Finland
France
Germany
Greece
Hungary
Iceland
Ireland
Italy
Latvia
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Malta
Netherlands
Norway
Poland
Portugal
Romania
Slovakia
Slovenia
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
United Kingdom
International International
North America Canada
Mexico
USA
Russia & Turkey Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU)
Russia
Turkey
South America Argentina
Brazil
Chile
Colombia
Ecuador
Peru
Venezuela
U.S. States Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming