Revision of the regulation on the registration, evaluation, authorisation and restriction of chemicals (REACH)

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In the Chemical strategy for sustainability, presented on 14 October 2020 under the European Green Deal, the European Commission announced a revision of the Regulation on the registration, evaluation, authorisation and restriction of chemicals (REACH) 'in the most targeted way possible'. The proposal, planned for the fourth quarter of 2022, would be subject to comprehensive impact assessments, including analyses of how SMEs are affected and innovation is fostered or hindered.

According to the inception impact assessment, published in May 2021, options considered would include revising registration requirements; introducing a mixtures assessment factor (to address the risks of exposure to several substances); simplifying communication in the supply chains; revising the provisions for dossier and substance evaluation; reforming the authorisation process; reforming the restriction process; and revising provisions for control and enforcement. This preliminary list of options may however evolve with the analysis.

In its work programme for 2023, published on 18 October 2022, the European Commission indicated that the revision of REACH would be pushed back to the fourth quarter of 2023.

It remains uncertain when this revision will be presented.

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Author: Vivienne Halleux, Members' Research Service, legislative-train@europarl.europa.eu

As of 20/03/2024.