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ECHA Enforcement Forum Findings: 67% of Companies Fail to Comply with REACH

November 7th, 2013

ECHA’s Enforcement Forum, the body coordinating good practice in the European Community on the enforcement of the REACH regulation, has published the final report of its second enforcement project. The report finds that of the 1181 companies inspected across 27 member states and two EEA countries, the majority of which were SMEs, 67% did not comply with one or more provisions of the REACH legislation. While 97% of companies had extended safety data sheets (eSDS) on-site, over half of eSDSs evaluated were deficient. 

For users of chemicals the eSDS is the main way that safe use and control measures are communicated to them from their suppliers. It is essential that eSDSs are presented in a clear and understandable way for practical use in order for users, particularly SMEs, to comply with the legislation and ensure safe use of the chemicals that they buy and use. PFA provides support for suppliers and users of chemicals, including data review and full registration dossiers. We also provide training for downstream users on how to interpret and implement the safety measures set out in eSDSs.

Please see the following for more information on the services we offer at PFA for REACH compliance: REACH Service Package and REACH Flowchart.