10 Years of REACH: Commission proposes improvements

For the last 10 years, the key EU law on chemicals ("REACH") has significantly enhanced the protection of human health and the environment and promoted alternatives to animal testing.


In line with "the polluter pays principle", REACH shifted the burden of proof to industry, making it responsible for the safety of chemicals along the supply chain. 


Building on this, the Commission proposed on March 5 actions to further facilitate its implementation:

  • Improving compliance of registration dossiers: data gaps in registration dossiers need to be addressed through improved compliance and evaluation procedures
  • Simplification of the authorisation process: authorisation needs to become easier and predictable for companies
  • Ensuring a level playing field between EU and non-EU companies
  • Enhancing enforcement by national authorities, including import controls by customs authorities.
  • Coherence by clarifying the interface between REACH and the worker protection legislation and with waste legislation
  • Supporting compliance by SMEs: tailored guidance and support instruments focused on the needs of SMEs to help them comply with the REACH requirement

The Commission will discuss the outcomes and follow-up actions of the second REACH review with the European Parliament, Member States and stakeholders at a public conference, planned for June 2018.


For more information on REACH and it’s review see Press Release and Q&A.

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