The EU public interest environmental law group, ClientEarth, recently released a series of progress reports summarizing Member State activities under the European Union (EU) regulation: Registration, Evaluation, and Authorisation of Chemicals (REACh). Each report reviews a different Member State’s efforts to implement and enforce REACh. Reports also are available for three non-Member State countries that have enacted REACh – Lichtenstein, Norway, and Iceland.
The reports are essentially responses to a lengthy questionnaire from the European Commission. Activities reviewed include communications between Member State authorities and EU authorities, such as the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA); operation of the national helpdesks; development and promotion of alternative test methods; participation on REACH committees; evaluation of substances; preparation of Annex XV dossiers; and details concerning enforcement-related activities, such as inspections and the imposition of sanctions. The reports may prove useful to companies wanting insight into the level and types of enforcement activity occurring within the countries regulating their operations.
ClientEarth received the reports through a public records request, insisting that their broad dissemination was necessary “so that [the public] can know if REACH is really working.” (Critics probably think they know the answer already.) The reports are available here.