67% of the inspected companies were non-compliant REACH or CLP

The ECHA Forum’s second enforcement project (REF-2) focused on checking the compliance of downstream users – particularly formulators of mixtures – with the essential requirements of the REACH and CLP regulations.  The project’s operational phase was carried out in 29 Member States or EEA countries from May 2011 until March 2012.

  • The national enforcement authorities inspected 1 181 enterprises covering 6 900 substances, 4500 mixutres and 4500 safety data sheets (SDSs).
  • The majority of the inspected companies were small or medium-sized. More than half of the inspected companies were not only active as downstream users but also in additional roles, e.g. as manufacturers, importers, distributors and only representatives.
  • 67% of the inspected companies were non-compliant with one or more provisions of REACH or CLP.
  • Non-compliance was most commonly related to contraventions of (pre-)registration (REACH, 8%), notification (CLP, 15%), failure to keep information (20%) and having deficient risk management measures (12%).
  • Only 3% of companies failed to have the SDSs on site.

Source: ECHA

ECHA Forum REACH-EN-FORCE 2 Project Report Obligation of downstream users – formulators of mixtures 

ECHA Enforcement Forum

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