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Workshop REACh:EEE (Evaluating the Environmental Effectiveness of REACh)

Workshop with experts from environmental authorities
Consequences of REACh for other legal and administrative environmental instruments

Evaluating the Environmental Effectiveness of REACh
October 11 & 12, 2007, Berlin

More information, including the presentation and the results of the workshops is availabele here ...

Background of the workshop

REACh initiates a paradigm shift in chemicals control with the clear requirement of more self-responsibility on the part of industry and a more targeted risk evaluation and risk control at the part of authorities. The authorities’ inspection and monitoring strategies will need to adjust to this new approach and will have to develop new institutional arrangements of control.

For a detailed analysis:

Mind the Gap - Interface Problems between EC Chemicals Law and sectoral environmental legislation 

Führ, M./Merenyi, S.; In: Review of European Community and International Environmental Law (RECIEL), 15 2006 (3), 281-292 (Blackwell Publishing).


Implementation of risk reduction measures under REACh

"Inter-face problems between REACh and sector specific environmental legislation (IPPC/WFD)" is the titel of a study carried out on behalf of the German Federal Environmental Agency.

Download of the english version: UBA - Text 04/2005 (pdf, 1,5 MB)

German Version: UBA - Text 03/2005 (pdf, 1,5 MB) 

Toxic ignorance has become a major issue in the current debate on chemical policy both in the EU and the US.  The term refers to a lack of knowledge of the health and environmental properties, as well as the mechanisms of action, of Existing Chemicals. There can be little doubt that this term also goes to the heart of the problem facing us today.  However, the availability of such data – at any rate for individual substances – gives rise to a new problem, which is that such data must now be evaluated in light of the actions that need to be taken. Here the legal interface with other sector of environmental legislation are crucial.


REACH Implementation Support (RIS) - Implementation support for successful risk management within the framework of REACH

The objective of the RIS project was to ascertain the specific support needs of companies for implementation of REACH, relating, in particular, to difficulties in communications and co-operation within the product chain. In a subsequent step, it was to be established in which way and by which organizations (e.g. industry associations, public authorities) these needs could be met. Possible interfaces between REACH and existing legislation on installations and the environment had also to be examined and illustrated with the help of case studies. A further project objective was to support (regional) environmental authorities in their preparations for changes initiated by REACH.

The project was carried out by a working group comprising Society for Institutional Analysis (sofia, Darmstadt), Ökopol (Hamburg) and Öko-Institut (Freiburg) in co-operation with the Surface Engineering Association (ZVO as umbrella organization of the surface engineering industry), the North-west German Textile and Clothing Industry Association, the German Textile Finishing Industry Association (TVI), the Textile and Fashion Association, and the TEGEWA Association, as well as different companies from the electroplating and textile industries. The project lasted twelve months (December 2005 to November 2006).

Summary of the project is available here ... (12 pages, 116 kb)

For more substance related studies see also: