National Inspectorates - Slovakia
A system of official controls of REACH is maintained by inspection bodies. The objectives of their inspections depend on the area of responsibility of each authority and are specified by their respective "competency acts".
In general REACH inspectors in Slovakia are entitled to:
- order that corrective measures be taken,
- impose fines in administrative proceedings if they reveal non-compliance with duties imposed by REACH,
- impose a disciplinary fine if a duty holder obstructs inspectors in the course of their duty.
Other authorities offer assistance to REACH enforcers. For example the Centre for Chemical Substances and Preparations offers advice to enforcers while the Ministry of Economy organises conferences and provides for coordination of inspection activities.
Authorities responsible for REACH enforcement
- Slovak Trade Inspection and regional inspectorates - Focuses on distributors' and importers' obligations, especially in relevant areas of consumer protection.
- Public Health Office and regional public health offices - Focuses on manufacturers' and DU obligations, especially in the area of protection of public health.
- Slovak Environmental Inspection - Focuses on manufacturers' and DU obligations, to ensure a high level of protection of the environment.
- National Labour Inspectorate and labour inspectorates - Focus on manufacturers' and DU obligations during the inspections aimed at securing safety and health protection of workers
- Main Mining Office and local mining offices - Focuses on distributors' and importers' obligations, especially in the area of pyrotechnic articles and explosives.
- Customs authorities - Provide other enforcement bodies with information on importers.
- Slovak Ministry of Defence - Focuses on activities resulting from the tasks in the field of defence
Authorities responsible for Biocides enforcement
The enforcement of the BPR Regulation (placing on the market of biocidal products and treated products, their use and the evaluation of active substances in biocidal products) falls within the competence of the following authorities:
- The Ministry of Economy of the Slovak Republic, Centre for Chemical Substances and Preparations
- The Slovak Trade Inspection /
- The Ministry of Environment of the Slovak Republic
- The Slovak Environmental Inspection
- The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of the Slovak Republic
- The Ministry of Health of the Slovak Republic
- The Ministry of Defence of the Slovak Republic /
- The Financial Administration of the Slovak republic
- The National Labour Inspectorate
- The State Veterinary and Food Administration