INCEPTION IMPACT ASSESSMENT – Revision of EU legislation on registration, evaluation, authorisation and restriction of chemicals – was published 04 May 2021.

The European Green Deal sets out the ambition to reach zero pollution for a toxic-free environment. As part of this ambition, the chemicals strategy for sustainability announces actions to better protect people and the environment against hazardous chemicals and to encourage innovation to develop safe and sustainable alternatives. Achieving these goals requires revising the rules governing the registration, evaluation, authorisation and restriction of chemicals in the EU.

The Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability recognises the need for a targeted revision of REACH to achieve its objectives by addressing the following problems that have been identified:
REACH is the most advanced knowledge base globally but there are still gaps in knowledge of many substances. The information required on critical hazard classes does not allow a sufficiently thorough hazard assessment, including for carcinogenicity, neurotoxicity, immunotoxicity and endocrine disruption. The same applies to intermediates, polymers, and substances in the lowest tonnage range, and no assessment of risks is required for non-threshold substances.

Other aspects:

  • The registrants’ safety assessments
  • The communication in the supply chains
  • The evaluation of registration dossiers and substances
  • The authorisation procedure
  • The current restriction process
  • The control and enforcement

Chemicals legislation – revision of REACH Regulation to help achieve a toxic-free environment