Proposals for the UK enforcement of the EU 'REACH' chemicals regulation

Monday, 26th Mar '07 at 13:02
A consultation document on the proposals for enforcement of the REACH Regulation in the UK was published today.

REACH, ( Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals) was agreed by the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers on 18 December 2006. The Regulation will come into force on 1 June this year. It will form the EU's framework legislation for the management, control and use of chemicals, replacing much of the current patchwork of over 40 pieces of legislation.The UK is required to have an enforcement and penalties regime in place no later than 1 December 2008.

REACH will apply not only to chemicals manufacturers or suppliers, but to any business which uses chemicals so a wide range of businesses will be affected by the enforcement arrangements proposed.

Defra and the Devolved Administrations are encouraging industry, trade unions, environmental groups, health and safety professionals and others to comment on the proposals for enforcement.

The aim is that REACH should be effectively enforced in ways which minimise the burden for both businesses and for public authorities.

The consultation document considers who should carry out enforcement of the requirements of REACH; the powers they will need (e.g. to obtain information, carry out inspections, collect evidence, issue enforcement notices etc); and the level and type of penalties for breaches of REACH requirements.

There will now follow a twelve week consultation period. The Government will then consider the responses received in order to inform the development of the national legislation that will supplement REACH to ensure that it can work as intended.

More Information:

The consultative document can be accessed by the following link:

For more information, please visit the Defra Website:
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