EU to launch Enforcement Project Targeting Chemical Compliance
The Forum for Exchange of Information on Enforcement (Forum) is a network of authorities responsible for the enforcement of the REACH, CLP, PIC, POP and Biocidal Product Regulations in the EU, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein.
The Forum is composed of one appointed member from each EU Member State, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein. The Forum sets its own work programme based on the list of tasks specified in the above regulations and provides solutions to specific areas of enforcement.
Between June 22 to June 25, 2020, the Forum held the 35th plenary meeting, and agreed that its major enforcement project planned for 2022 (REF-10), which will focus on integrated checks of products that control several duties from different pieces of legislation – mostly related to articles, but also to mixtures.
Most of the products are expected to be consumer products. The brief information on this enforcement project is as follows:
- Inspectors will check that the products comply with restrictions for selected hazardous substances under REACH. The controls will also check whether products comply with restrictions for the presence of persistent organic pollutants defined under the POPs Regulation. Specific substances to be covered by these checks will be decided in 2021 and could potentially include phthalates or PFOS
- Enforcers will also check REACH duties for substances in articles requiring that information on substances of very high concern in products is being communicated in the supply chain
- These duties under REACH and POPs will be checked for specific types of material such as rubber, plastic or textiles. In this way each product can be controlled for several REACH or POPs requirements which will broaden the scope of controls and strengthening the protection of EU citizens and the environment
- The enforcement project mentioned above will be prepared in 2021, with inspections conducted in 2022 and the report expected at the end of 2023
- The Forum also set timelines for the pilot project on the classification of mixtures, which will focus on classification of detergents and cleaning products. The preparation for this project will start at the end of 2020, with inspections taking place in 2021 and 2022 and the report expected in 2023
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