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The Forum for Exchange of Information on Enforcement (Forum) is a network of authorities responsible for the enforcement of the REACH, CLP, BPR, PIC and POP regulations in the EU, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein.  Their pilot projects examine the cooperation models with customs authorities and check the compliance of imported goods while under customs supervision and before they enter the European market.

The enforcement mainly involves:

  1. Articles, for which the presence of a substance restricted by REACH Annex XVII was checked
  2. Mixtures, for which the classification and packaging requirements were examined

On September 24, 2020, ECHA published this enforcement report. National enforcement authorities and customs inspectors in 16 Member States were checked at strategic entry points in these countries, such as airports and harbours but also at inland customs offices.

REACH 1,225 17%
CLP 167 64%
TOTAL ≈ 1,400 300 (23 %)

The result reveals that almost 1 in 4 imported products found to be non-compliant with REACH and CLP.  Most of the enforcement addressed compliance with REACH restriction obligations, focusing on the presence of the restricted substances such as Cadmium, Lead and Nickel in articles, meanwhile, other restriction entries involved Asbestos, Azo dye, Cr (VI), PAHs and Phthalates which were also checked.

The majority of the products were checked for restriction obligations (79%) and those found to be non-compliant (74%) mostly came from China, as well as from the United Arab Emirates, India, Thailand, North Macedonia and Madagascar. 

The results show that importers need to intensify their efforts to supply safe products which are compliant with REACH and CLP, and there is a continued need for targeted enforcement on these specific restrictions and more stringent enforcement of REACH and CLP at European points of entrance.


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