Communication with authorities

Risk caused by chemicals to human health, environment and property was a reason to develop a system for chemicals control. Risk management elements need to be established in companies in order to reduce risks to the acceptable level. Authorities are involved in the process to steer implementation of requirements targeted at risk reduction, and also to establish restrictions and bans in case of too high risk. 

For such a system to function, companies have to communicate to authorities in the form of reporting, applying for permits or licenses:

1. Registration of substances with ECHA by submission of a dossier

The aim is to ensure that manufacturers or importers collect (generate) data on substances, and use these data to assess the risk, develop and recommend appropriate risk management measures.
It is relevant to companies that manufacture or import a chemical substance (on its own, in mixtures or, in certain cases in articles as well, in amount ≥ 1 tonne per year).

2. ​​Notification of manufactured or imported substances to the Classification and Labelling Inventory

The aim is to make information available and transparent, and to promote a uniform classification of substances.
It is relevant to companies that manufacture or import substances:

  • subject to registration under the REACH Regulation,
  • classified as hazardous, irrespective of the quantity,
  • or, in certain cases, import substances in mixtures or articles.

3. Authorisation issues

The aim is an eventual replacement of substances of very high concern. It is relevant to companies that supply to the market or use substances included into the mentioned lists.

4. Placing a plant protection product on the market

5. Placing a biocidal product on the market

6. Provision of information to national data bases

Inspections (chemicals, environmental, labour, product safety) are responsible to check implementation of the requirements.