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National Inspectorates - Ireland

The Health & Safety Authority (HSA) is the main Competent Authority for REACH enforcement in Ireland, along with the Pesticide Registration and Control Division of the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The HSA is also the Competent Authority for CLP enforcement along with the Pesticide Registration and Control Division and the National Poisons Information Centre of Beaumont Hospital Board.

The HSA enforces a wide range of workplace safety & health related legislation in Ireland through its inspectorate staff, which is organised according to various specialities including the safe management & use of chemicals. Enforcement covers a range of activities to ensure compliance, from providing advice and information, to issuing Improvement and Prohibition Notices, and taking prosecutions in the courts. Inspectors of the Health and Safety Authority carry out reactive and pro-active inspections of workplaces. Reactive inspections may arise following an accident, incident or complaint. Pro-active inspections may be routine or targeted. Further information on HSA enforcement is available on the enforcement section of the HSA website.

For both REACH and CLP enforcement, a number of specialised chemical enforcement inspection teams are involved. They include those who are responsible for enforcing the provisions of the EU major accident hazards Directive, and the EU Chemical Agents Directive. These specialist inspectors are trained and supported by a team of policy and technical experts on REACH & CLP legislation from the Chemicals Policy & Services division of the HSA.

Authorities responsible for REACH enforcement

  • The Health and Saftery Authority (HSA) - Lead Competent Authority for enforcement of REACH in Ireland, covering all elements of REACH, including Registration, Authorisation, Restriction, and Downstream User obligations etc., in relation to all substances except those which are generally termed as pesticides (i.e. plant protection products or biocides), for which the Pesticide Registration and Control Division have exclusive responsibility.
  • The Pesticide Registration and Control Division ((PRCD) of the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food is responsible for implementing the regulatory system for plant protection products and biocidal products, and the national regulations controlling pesticide residues in food. PRCD is responsible for enforcement of all relevant aspects of the REACH Regulation in relation to plant protection products or biocides, including Restrictions, & Downstream User obligations.
  • The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) - It has responsibilities for a wide range of licensing, enforcement, monitoring and assessment activities associated with environmental protection. The EPA has responsibility for enforcement of REACH in relation to environmental pollution.

Authorities responsible for CLP enforcement

  • The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) - Main Competent Authority for enforcement of CLP in Ireland, covering all elements of the regulation including classification, labelling, packaging of substances and mixtures as well as notification of classification and labelling information to the Inventory at ECHA in relation to all substances except those which are generally termed as pesticides (i.e. plant protection products or biocides), for which the Pesticide Registration and Control Division have exclusive responsibility.
  • The Pesticide Registration and Control Division of the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food is responsible for covering all elements of the CLP regulation including classification, labelling, packaging and notification of classification and labelling information to the Inventory at ECHA in relation to all substances which are generally termed as pesticides (i.e. plant protection products or biocides).
  • The National Poisons Information Centre of Beaumont Hospital Board has been appointed as the body responsible for receiving information relating to emergency health response under Article 45 of CLP regulations.

Authorities responsible for Biocides enforcement

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