The Enforcement Forum of ECHA agreed that their next REACH enforcement project will investigate companies’ obligations for products and chemicals they import from outside the EU. The project will be done in 2023-2025. This is an important step in ensuring that REACH is enforced properly and consistently across Europe.
The Enforcement Forum, which is responsible for enforcing EU chemicals legislation, has decided to focus its next project on controlling the import of substances, mixtures, and articles.
There has been too many imported goods that don’t meet EU standards. That’s why the EU decided to increase the frequency of inspections. For example, a recent pilot project found that 23% of inspected products were not compliant with EU law.
Given that controlling imports at the point of entry is the most effective means of checking for non-compliant items, the project will also work on developing and strengthening existing cooperation between REACH inspectors and customs. In addition to contributing to the goals of the EU’s Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability, this project will hopefully help to reduce levels of non-compliance in imported goods.
The Forum also decided to make its future advice on the enforceability of new restriction proposals under REACH public.
In an open session, representatives from stakeholder organisations and four candidate countries discussed opportunities for expanding the future role of the Forum, strengthening the control of imports and other areas. Enforcing REACH restrictions in textiles or using lead shot in wetlands were covered in the open session. The Forum decided that it would be best to make its future advice public. This way, we can make sure that any new restriction proposals are enforced properly.
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