EU Member States Initiate Enforcement Projects for Hazardous Chemical Checks

Inspections are currently in progress in two enforcement projects across the European Union (EU). Focused on identifying hazardous chemicals, these inspections are aimed at increasing safety for citizens of the EU by further protecting against these harmful substances.

About the Projects

Although some similar issues exist between the two enforcement projects, the focus of each is distinct.

  • Biocides Enforcement Project
    • This project, conducted in 28 EU and European Economic Area (EEA) countries, began in January 2019. Dealing with treated articles and chemical mixtures for both consumer and professional use, inspections focus on products that range from clothing to paint to building products, and more. Adherence to labelling requirements and preventing illegal chemical substance use are essential focal points of these inspections.
  • REACH and the CLP Regulation Project
    • Conducted across 16 EU Member States and EEA countries, this project commenced in March 2019. As a key part of this project, inspectors are collaborating with European customs officials to verify whether products being imported adhere to REACH restrictions on hazardous chemicals. In addition, compliance with safety information labelling requirements is a very important focus. In cases where non-compliance issues are discovered, the products will be prevented from entering the EU market.
      Published findings for both projects are anticipated over the course of the next 18 - 20 months. For the Biocides Enforcement Project, which runs until the end of this year, results are expected by the end of 2020. Results for the shorter-duration REACH and CLP Regulation Project, which is scheduled to conclude in the Fall of 2019, are likely to be published by mid-2020.

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