UK REACH—enforcement
Produced in partnership with Simon Tilling and Tom Gillett of Burges Salmon
UK REACH—enforcement

The following Environment practice note produced in partnership with Simon Tilling and Tom Gillett of Burges Salmon provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • UK REACH—enforcement
  • Introduction to UK REACH
  • Northern Ireland Protocol
  • Introduction to enforcement
  • Enforcing authorities
  • Other responsible bodies
  • Co-operation and co-ordination
  • Powers
  • Penalties

UK REACH—enforcement

Introduction to UK REACH

'REACH' is an abbreviated term for Regulation (EC) 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the registration, evaluation, authorisation and restriction of chemicals (REACH Regulation).

Prior to the introduction of REACH, there had been concern that the risks presented by chemicals being used and marketed in the EU were not being adequately managed or investigated. REACH intended to address these concerns by shifting the burden of responsibility for understanding and managing the risks associated with their use from the regulators to those manufacturing and/or importing goods containing chemicals (ie industry). In addition, REACH aims to:

  1. ensure a high level of protection of human health and the environment

  2. allow the free movement of substances on the EU market

  3. enhance the competitiveness and innovation of the EU chemicals industry, and

  4. promote the use of alternative methods for the assessment of the hazardous properties of substances such as quantitative structure-activity relationships

At 11 pm (UK time) on 31 December 2020, REACH was copied onto the UK statute book as ‘retained direct EU legislation’ under the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 (as amended). A body of ‘EU Exit’ legislation came into force simultaneously to amend Retained Regulation (EC) 1907/2006 and create a new ‘UK REACH’ regime. For more information on the background to UK REACH, see Practice Note: Brexit—chemicals and hazardous substances.

Northern Ireland

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