Restriction Under the EU REACH Regulation

What is Restriction under the REACH Regulation?

Restrictions are used under the REACH Regulation when the risks to environmental and human health from any given substance are deemed unacceptable. Restriction involves limits or bans on the manufacture, sale or use of that substance. Member States and the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) can propose such restrictions, and anyone can comment on proposals in favor of particular restrictions (including interested companies, industry bodies and civil society).

How are restricted substances determined and enforced under REACH?

Final decisions on restrictions are made by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), Member States and relevant experts. Once a final restriction has been agreed upon, all manufacturers, importers, distributors and downstream users, including retailers, must comply. It is up to the authorities in each member state to govern enforcement.

A substance will also be moved from the Authorisation List to the Restricted List when there are no longer any existing authorisations in place for that substance.

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