News 2013 / December

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NGO letter on the authorisation process

This week, eight environmental and health organizations, sent a letter to Geert Dancet, Executive Director at European Chemicals Agency (ECHA). The organizations expressed their concerns about the current implementation of the REACH process.

The concerns relate to the following points:

• ECHA has established standard review periods which are not consistent with REACH provisions
• There is no established procedure for reviewing authorizations when information on new substitutes become available as provided by REACH Art. 61.2
• Participation of observers during discussions of REACH applications at ECHA Committees has been restricted
• ECHA accepts all confidentiality claims by the applicant
• The quality of the applications for authorization is not adequate

– We want to ensure that the authorisation process is credible and that the different stages of the process can be anticipated, says Frida Hök, ChemSec Policy Advisor. We believe these current approaches and decisions threaten to undermine REACH’s goal of ensuring a high level of protection and of substituting Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) with safer alternatives and that would be very unfortunate.

The eight signing environmental and health organizations are European Environmental Bureau (EEB), ChemTrust, ClientEarth, Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL), Health Care Without Harm (HCWH), Women in Europe for a Common Future (WECF), Greenpeace and ChemSec.

Link to the letter