REACH Enforcement and ECHA Inspections

Question: 

How extensive is a European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) enforcement inspection or investigation with regard to the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) Regulation? 

 Answer:

Previously, it was possible for level of inspection and enforcement to vary between member states, as each could interpret legal texts differently. This is no longer the case as the European Union (EU) has established a central database for enforcement authorities to share information, and an effort has been made to improve enforcement authority training.

Companies are expected to have developed systems and processes to track the use of substances of very high concern (SVHCs) within products. As such, expect rigorous inspections that request all data to ensure organizations meet their reporting requirements down to the lowest level article.

It is important to note that the ECHA does not direct enforcement of the REACH Regulation, and it is the responsibility of each member state to enforce REACH Regulation requirements. The ECHA does, however, coordinate prioritization and best practices through the REACH Enforcement Forum.

Article is current as of 2019-09-27.

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