[EU] REACH compliance: EC to simplify the authorization procedure

On the occasion of a parliamentary question, the European Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs indicated, in her answer published on 13 January 2015, that “it is too early to fully assess the impact of the REACH authorisation on the internal market or on the competitiveness of European industry”.

Reducting REACH administrative burdens

However, the European Commission intends to ensure that this authorization procedure does not constitute an excessive administrative burden for businesses and to reflect on areas where REACH can be simplified and burdens reduced.

Furthermore, the Commissioner reminded that the authorization procedure established by the REACH Regulation (Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of 18 December 2006 concerning the registration, evaluation and authorization of chemicals and Restriction of Chemicals) is intended to ensure that the risks generated by the substances of very high concern (SVHC) are properly controlled and that these substances are progressively replaced by suitable alternatives, while ensuring the proper functioning of the internal market of the EU.

 

Regulatory reminder

As a reminder, in a press release issued on 10 November 2014, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced that the Forum for Exchange of Information on Enforcement decided, at their recent plenary meeting, that its next major project will focus on enforcing restrictions under Annex XVII of Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of 18 December 2006 concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH Regulation).

ECHA indicates that the scope and individual restrictions to be covered will be confirmed in early 2015 and then inspections will take place during 2016. The final report will be available in 2017.

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Sources:

  • Question for written answer to the Commission, E-008168-14, 20 October 2014
  • Answer given by the European Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, 13 January 2015