The European Commission has tasked consultancy Deloitte to conduct a study to see how the integration of REACH aspects into EU customs legislation and procedures can be strengthened.
The study aims to identify short- and mid-term solutions for improving the current customs import processes and procedures to ensure better REACH enforcement.
The project is part of REACH Review action 13, which aims to enhance enforcement.
The proposed study solutions will be applicable to chemical inspectors and customs authorities and could also see the creation of new supporting measures.
The study will focus on:
import of chemical substances; and
mixtures and articles containing substances of concern.
Commissioned by DG Grow, DG Environment and the Directorate-General for Taxation and Customs Union (DG Taxaud), the study began on 16 January and is set to conclude in April 2021.
Following the preparation stage, the study team is now deciding what relevant REACH requirements and related customs processes to include in the scope.
The paper was due to be circulated at the meeting of the Competent Authorities for REACH and CLP (Caracal) on 31 March. However, this was cancelled because of the coronavirus Covid-19 epidemic. The next meeting is scheduled for 30 June to 1 July.
In June 2019, the EU Council of Ministers urged the Commission to study options to facilitate enforcement checks by customs to tighten controls on imported articles containing illegal chemicals.
Later that year, DG Grow and DG Taxaud teamed up to set new rules that require companies importing products to the EU that contain substances from REACH Annex XIV – the authorisation list – to provide information about these chemicals in their customs documents.
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