Sociaaleconomische analyse in REACH

Socio-economic analysis is a well established method of weighing up the pros and cons of an action for society as a whole and plays a vital role in the restrictions and authorisation processes under REACH. Restrictions proposals need to contain a description of the risks as well as information on the health and environmental benefits, the associated costs and other socio-economic impacts. Companies that apply for an authorisation to use substances in the Authorisation List may include a socio-economic analysis as part of their application.

 

Methodology development

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ECHA is active in developing and promoting the application of socio-economic analysis in the field of regulating chemicals.
 

 

Examples of socio-economic analyses and analyses of alternatives

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As a follow-up to the ECHA/European Commission Conference on lessons learnt from applications for authorisation, ECHA has selected examples of socio-economic analyses and analyses of alternatives from received applications that could be read by future applicants.
These examples are illustrative in terms of the clarity of reporting, the coverage of the key issues as well as the extent to which the analyses are evidence-based and referenced.
ECHA's intention is to update the list periodically with the aim of having a good coverage of examples relevant to applications for authorisation.

 

Improving the analysis of alternatives 

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ECHA has started a project to help identifying alternatives to substances that could be candidates for a restriction or subject to other regulatory risk management measures, e.g. authorisation. The results of this project will be used to help EU Member States prepare restriction proposals or even provide inspiration for new proposals. The project will also investigate the methods used by industry to identify safer alternatives to hazardous substances.

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