Nine out of 10 non REACH compliant chemicals in EU is imported

The chemicals industry has called for EU governments to step up enforcement of regulations on imports after research found more than nine out of ten chemicals in consumer products in Europe which are non-compliant with REACH come from outside the EU/EEA.

Analysis of the Commission’s 2019 Safety Gate Rapid Alert System for dangerous non-food products (RAPEX) data carried out by industry association Cefic revealed that 92% of REACH non-compliant chemicals originated outside the bloc. 

Under the RAPEX system member states and the European Commission share information about products positing a risk. The 2019 data lists 1,468 instances of chemicals not compliant with the law, 42% fell foul of REACH, 18% the Toy Safety Directive and 17% the Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive. 

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