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18. February 2020

EUROPE: Cefic urges EU member states to 'step up' enforcement of REACH in chemical imports

Cefic, the European Chemical Industry Council, said 92 % of all non-compliant chemicals in consumer products come from outside the European Union (EU), confirming an "urgent" need for EU member states to "step up" enforcement of REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals) in imports.

Cefic's analysis of data reported through the EU's rapid alert system (RAPEX) 'Safety Gate' also showed that restricted phthalates, mostly found in children's toys, are the most frequent case of non-compliance with REACH at 25 %. The total number of all chemical non-compliance caught by RAPEX has increased by 24 % compared to 2018.

"Better enforcement of REACH in imports has to become a key element of the upcoming chemicals strategy for sustainability," noted Sylvie Lemoine, executive director of product stewardship at Cefic. "It is also important to ensure that restrictions under REACH are actually enforceable. You can increase the number of inspections by 10 or 20 times, but if enforcement authorities do not have tools to check compliance, a restriction is useless. We call for compliance tools and methodologies to accompany every restriction measure."

Source: Weekly “PetroChemical News”, Durham, NC, USA; 17 Feb 2020
(Syed Rashid Ali, Karachi, Pakistan)

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