According to a press release published on March 28, 2014 by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), a pan-European REACH enforcement project found 17% of companies checked did not correctly register chemicals under the European Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemical substances (REACH) regulation; 3% did not register some chemicals at all. The preliminary results of the 3rd enforcement project were presented at the Forum for Exchange of Information on Enforcement of REACH meeting on March 25-27, 2014 in Helsinki, Finland. Non-compliance was highest among firms registering chemicals on behalf of non-European companies and importers. The full report will be published later in 2014. Next, the REACH enforcement forum will focus on authorization under annex XIV of REACH. Annex XIV lists substances requiring authorization under REACH because of their health and environmental concern based on their carcinogenic, mutagenic, reprotoxic, endocrine disrupting or equivalent properties. This 4th project of the enforcement forum will follow Annex XIV substances sun set dates soon to come. After the expiry of the sun set date those substances may no longer be used unless they have obtained authorization. The effort aims to gather experience and building practices facilitating the enforcement of obligations under REACH in the future.

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ECHA (March 28, 2014). “Forum launches authorisation pilot and presents preliminary results of the third enforcement project.