EU REACH Enforcement project
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EU REACH Enforcement project

Final report 2008

REACH, the new EU Regulation on chemicals, implies a significant restructuring and enlargement in the field of chemicals regulation, and thus also of enforcement. The importance of the Forum for enforcement included in REACH for a good implementation of REACH was early recognised. In 2006 the Nordic Chemicals Group and the Netherlands granted funds to start a joint EU project on enforcement of REACH. The aim of the project was to: - Identify present enforcement and new needs due to REACH - Investigate the state of preparation of the Member States and start preparing for the operative work of the Forum - Elaborate work division, co-operation and information exchange - Prepare a draft proposal for Rules of Procedure for the Forum - Develop a compendium of useful enforcement methods The project has resulted in several independent reports that are included in this final report. A presentation of the results has been given by the project at the 1st meeting of the Forum 11 December 2007.

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The REACH proposal of the Commission is a significant restructuring and enlargement in the field of chemicals regulation. It is essential for the function of the common market that necessary market surveillance, in a way as similar as possible, takes place in all member states, to ensure that the regulations are obeyed. Together with the short formulations regarding enforcement that always are part of a proposed legislation, the REACH proposal also contains a new actor, the Forum. (Title IX together with the three articles of title XIII) This is an important statement showing that the Commission has identified the need of a new body in the field of enforcement. It is necessary that the start of the Forum is not delayed; its functions should go along with the start of the Agency. It is especially important that those institutions are well prepared and workable in the first period when REACH enters into force.