Recently, ECHA Enforcement Forum agreed that its major enforcement project planned for 2022 and will focus on integrated controls of consumer products. The Forum agreed that inspectors will be able to check whether products comply with many different restrictions for hazardous substances under REACH and POPs. Specific types of material such as rubber, plastic or textiles, are subject to the duties under REACH and POPs.
Each product can be controlled by several REACH or POPs requirements which will broaden the scope of controls and strengthening the protection of EU citizens and the environment. This enforcement project will be prepared in 2021, with inspections conducted in 2022 and the report expected at the end of 2023. This round of law enforcement mainly checks whether consumer products meet the restriction requirements of the following two types of restricted substances:
1. REACH regulations restricted substances
The Annex XVII Restricted Substance List currently contains 75 substances, among them, the newly listed hazardous substances will also be included in the scope of this sampling, such as: Entry 72-carcinogenic, mutagenic and reprotoxic substances in textiles, Entry 70-the siloxanes D4/D5 in wash-off cosmetic products.
2. Substances controlled by POPs regulations
For now, the POP Regulation ((EU) 2019/1021) Annex I Prohibited Substance List contains a total of 28 Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), and the Annex II Restricted Substance List has not yet included any substances.
This round of enforcement will conduct random inspections on the compliance of POPs regulations in consumer products. In order to ensure the compliance of exported products, it is recommended that companies refer to the full version of the Annex XVII list and SVHCs list of REACH regulations and the list of controlled substances under POP regulations, and take effective compliance measures in a timely manner.
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