Simplifying the REACH authorization: a public consultation by the European Commission

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The European Commission launched on 5 February 2015 a public consultation on streamlining and simplification of the REACH authorisation application procedure.

The legislation on chemicals has been taken in careful consideration by the EU Commission, since the  REACH Regulation (n. 1907/2006) was the EU measure most often cited by individual SMEs and  organisations in the consultation on the most burdensome EU legislative acts. Within the REFIT Programme, the EU Commission committed to examine ways to reduce the administrative burden of REACH on SMEs.

In the consultation document, The EU Commission proposes to simplify the authorisation procedure in specific cases when the use of substances of very high concern (the substances listed in Annex XIV of the Reach  Regulation) presents a low risk.

Stakeholders are invited to send views and comments, by filling an online questionnaire, on the following two issues addressed in the consultation document:

  • Simplification of the authorisation application procedure for uses in low volumes: when the substances are used in very low volumes, the cost of a full-scale authorisation application can be disproportionate for SMEs. The document suggests that a limited and less detailed documentation could be requested in such cases. Stakeholders are asked to submit comments on the possible threshold, criteria and conditions as well as on a draft simplified documentation (the analysis of alternatives and the socio-economic analysis  and the chemical safety report);
  • REACH authorisation for the production of legacy spare parts: the EU Commission  proposes, as an interim solution, to extend the latest application date and the sunset date of the substances listed in Annex XIV to the REACH Regulation which are used in legacy spare parts, and asks the stakeholders to provide information on those substances.

The consultation will be open until 30 April 2015.

(Andrea Flori)

Credits photo: Horia Varlan