What is the background to the review?
- coherence, and
- EU added value
What were the findings of the first REACH Review in 2013, and what key developments have there been since then?
- the European Chemical Agency (ECHA) reported that a high number of registration dossiers were non-compliant, particularly regarding substance identity
- ECHA also reported that insufficient assessments of certain substances (in particular, those with persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic and very persistent and very bioaccumulative properties) were being carried out by registrants, and
- issues surrounding the content and form of extended safety data sheets, as reported by industry
A number of issues have emerged since the 2013 Review, which will be examined as part of the 2017 Review. These include:
- the impact of REACH on small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)—this will be addressed and any residual unnecessary administrative burdens identified
- since 2013, the knowledge base on chemicals has evolved significantly—the 2017 Review will assess whether REACH is fit to tackle new chemical issues such as nanomaterials, cumulative effects andendocrine disruptors
- the 2017 Review will also consider the need (if any) to register types of polymers, and
- concerns regarding the implementation of requirements set out in the extended safety data sheets
What sources will be drawn on for the review?
- the report prepared following the first REACH Review in 2013
- a report prepared by ECHA regarding the use of non-animal testing methods for the purposes of REACH
- reports prepared by Member States and ECHA regarding the operation of REACH, in particular its evaluation and enforcement
- reports prepared in relation to a range of technical matters including substances of very high concern (SVHCs), registration requirements for low tonnage and registration requirements for polymers
- studies prepared in relation to enforcement, and
- reports prepared in relation to the impact of REACH and other chemicals legislation on human health, the environment and occupational health and safety