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REACH Registration Obligations to be Checked under Latest Inspections

Inspectors, working together with customs authorities, have started checking the compliance of importers and manufacturers with REACH registration obligations as part of EU-wide Forum enforcement project, REF-7.

The project involves all 31 EU and EEA countries during which cooperation with customs authorities to check imports of substances is expected. Given that the last registration deadline passed in 2018, it aims to ensure EU-wide enforcement of the obligations of importers and manufacturers to register their substances. The inspections will cover imported and manufactured substances in all tonnage bands, with the main focus being on substances imported or manufactured in quantities of 1-100 tonnes per year. They will also include a check of parts of the registration dossier and of other duties related to registration, for example, whether the registrant is compliant with the duty to update a registration dossier.

ECHA’s Forum finalised the preparations for the REF-7 project at the end of 2018. The inspection activities will continue throughout 2019. A report on the results of the inspections will be available in the fourth quarter of 2020.

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