During inspections to check the compliance of companies with requirements of Europe’s Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemical substances (REACH) and Classification, Labeling and Packaging (CLP) regulations, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) found that two-thirds of companies violated provisions of the chemicals legislation. According to ECHA, the violations included “registration and notification contraventions, failing to sufficiently provide information on hazardous chemicals downstream, and deficient implementation of risk management measures.” The inspections also found informational defects in 52 percent of SDSs.
Read more in ECHA’s project report.
REACH is the EU regulation on the safe use of chemicals, which aims to control risks resulting from the use of substances of very high concern (SVHCs) and to ensure that those substances are replaced where possible. According to ECHA, the CLP regulation ensures that chemical hazards are clearly communicated to workers and consumers in the EU.