REACH out and touch base—revaluating the EU legislative framework for chemicals

REACH out and touch base—revaluating the EU legislative framework for chemicals
39499782 - chemistry laboratory concept. laboratory chemical test tubes and objects on the table with chemistry draw on whiteboard.The European Commission is conducting an evaluation of Regulation (EC) 1907/2006 on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH), ie the main EU law on chemicals. How will the European Commission’s Regulatory Fitness and Performance Programme (REFIT) revaluation impact on the chemicals regime in the EU?  Caroline May, head of safety and environment and Emilia Richards, associate, at Norton Rose, explain the background, and say the 2017 REACH review and the chemicals fitness check will assess the relevance, coherence, effectiveness and efficiency of the EU legislative framework on chemicals.

What is the background to the review?

REACH came into force in June 2007, consolidating in excess of 40 regulations which previously formed the EU chemicals regime. REACH places obligations on Member States, manufacturers, importers, suppliers and downstream users to ensure that only safe chemical substances are marketed in the EU.The REACH REFIT Evaluation 2017 (the 2017 Review) is being carried out as part of the European Commission’s obligation under REACH, art 117(4) to report on the functioning of REACH every five years. The 2017 Review must cover the following compulsory evaluation criteria:
  • effectiveness
  • efficiency
  • relevance
  • coherence, and
  • EU added value

What were the findings of the first REACH Review in 2013, a

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