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Advice on enforceability on restricting creosote now available


ECHA’s Enforcement Forum has started to publish its advice on enforceability of REACH restrictions. 

Helsinki, 13 September 2023 – To improve transparency of the legislative process, the Forum decided to make its advice on enforceability of REACH restriction proposals public. The Forum advice will from now on be available on ECHA’s website. 

The first published advice is on the proposal to restrict creosote and related substances in treated wood. The Forum considers that the proposed restriction has clear scope and is enforceable but recommends some changes, such as setting a limit value and clarifications to the wording of the restriction.

ECHA’s Committees for Risk Assessment (RAC) and for Socio-Economic Analysis (SEAC) will use the Forum’s views in their opinion making. The advice is shared, together with the Committees’ final opinion, with the European Commission to support their decision making. 


The Enforcement Forum provides advice on the enforceability of REACH restriction proposals, to help the evaluation and decision-making of restriction proposals. The aim is to ensure that the EU Member States’ authorities will be able to enforce the restrictions after they enter into force. 

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