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ECHA checked over 20 % of REACH registration dossiers for compliance


Since 2009, ECHA has evaluated nearly 15 000 registrations. The checks ensure that companies provide reliable information on the hazards of chemicals to support chemical safety in the European Union. 

Helsinki, 27 February 2024 – The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), between 2009 and 2023, has performed compliance checks of approximately 15 000 registrations, representing 21 % of full registrations.  The Agency has met its legal target for dossier evaluation, which was increased from 5 % to 20 % in 2019. While, for substances registered at quantities of 100 tonnes or more per year, ECHA has checked compliance for around 30% of them.  

In 2023, the Agency conducted 301 compliance checks, covering more than 1 750 registrations and addressing 274 individual substances. These checks focused on registration dossiers that may have data gaps and aim to enhance the safety data of these substances. As a result, 251 adopted decisions were sent to companies, requesting additional data to clarify long-term effects of chemicals on human health or the environment. 

ECHA will now put more focus on following up the requests sent to companies. In the follow-up evaluation process, the Agency assesses the incoming information for compliance. The outcome of the incoming data is shared with the Member States and European Commission to enable prioritisation of substances. ECHA will work closer together with the Member States for enforcement of non-compliant dossiers.  

Compliance of registration dossiers will remain a priority for ECHA for the coming years. This year, the Agency will review the impact of the Joint Evaluation Action Plan, aimed at improving REACH registrations compliance, and, together with stakeholders, develop new priority areas to work on.  ECHA's workshop in March on its Integrated Regulatory Strategy will provide further input to this work.  

Substance evaluation

In 2023, ECHA also adopted six substance evaluation decisions prepared by the EU Member States, requesting further information to assess the safety of substances of potential concern.  

Joint Evaluation Action Plan

In 2019, ECHA and the European Commission decided on a joint plan to improve compliance of REACH registrations. The activities of the plan have now been completed. The next steps to further improve compliance of chemicals safety data are being discussed with the Commission, Member States and industry.