Capacity building on compliance with chemicals legislation, with emphasis on REACH/CLP linked to IED – Technical Aspects

Date: 01-03.09.2015
Place: Skopje, FYR of Macedonia
Organizer: ECRAN Secretariat with EC TAIEX Unit

In the REACH regulation, various stakeholders will have their specific roles, responsibilities and competences identified. The know-how regarding the hazards and potential risks of chemicals lays with the manufacturers and importers and with the national agencies/authorities. The so called “exposure scenarios” in the REACH system are the Conditions of use for specific chemicals.

Enforcement of REACH and CLP means, generally, a range of actions that national authorities initiate to verify the compliance of the duty holders with REACH and CLP Regulations. For example, this includes checking whether the substance has been registered or pre-registered or verifying the presence and correctness of the Safety Data Sheets.

Most of the ECRAN beneficiary countries are at a different level when it comes to transposition of the EC chemicals legislation and additional efforts are needed in the area of its implementation. The REACH and CLP regulations, interlinked amongst other with the Industrial Emissions Directive (IED), are covering major chapters of chemicals legislation and industrial pollution control. This workshop is the follow-up of the workshop held in Albania on 2-4 December 2014. The current workshop focuses on the technical aspects of the REACH Regulation with the emphasis on:

  • Roles and responsibility;
  • Helpdesk;
  • Enforcement;
  • Development and implementation of inventory/register for chemicals;
  • Checking of SDS;
  • Basic understanding of toxicology
  • Interactions of IED and REACH.

Wider Objective:

The overall objective is to strengthen regional cooperation between the EU candidate countries and potential candidates in the fields of environment and climate action and to assist them on their way towards the transposition and implementation of the EU environmental and climate policies and instruments which is a key precondition for EU accession.

Specific Objectives:

Within the scope of regional cooperation and assistance in transposition and implementation of EU environmental legislation, the specific objective of the assignment is to provide assistance in strengthening the institutions and building capacity in complying with the EC Chemicals legislation. Emphasis will be placed on the REACH and CLP Regulations, interlinked with the Industrial Emissions Directive as these are covering major chapters in chemicals legislation and industrial pollution control

Expected Results:

  • improved functioning of the environmental authorities and related authorities envisaged to be responsible for implementation of the REACH/CLP regulations and IED ;
  • streamlined working methods and implementation of best practice in the region moving towards EU standards.