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SEPTEMBER 2020 - ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONICS, HARDLINES, SOFTLINES, TOYS AND CHILDREN'S PRODUCTS
On 24 September 2020, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) published a report for the results of a pilot project1,2 conducted by ECHA’s Enforcement Forum3 on cooperation with customs in enforcement of REACH restrictions and CLP labelling. One in every four imported products were found to be non-compliant with REACH and CLP.
The pilot project was operated from March to November of 2019 and participated by 17 Member States (but only 16 reported results). The primary focus of this project was to check the compliance of imported goods and to prohibit the entrance of non-compliant products to the European market. The checks were carried out by national enforcement authorities and customs inspectors, and the majority of checks addressed the compliance of REACH restriction obligations, focusing on restrictions on cadmium, lead and nickel. While the checking of CLP compliance is mainly on simple check on labelling and packaging elements.
Key findings of this project can be found below.
|Restriction||Number of products
|Number of non-compliant
|Asbestos||48||13 (5 of 6 toys were non-compliant with phthalates restriction)|
The Enforcement Forum is an ECHA body which coordinates a network of authorities responsible for the enforcement of the REACH and CLP Regulations in the EU, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein. Please refer to the link of reference 3 below for the introduction of the Forum3. The Forum coordinates various enforcement projects including this. Please refer to the link of reference 4 if you are interested in the other projects handled by the Forum4.
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