National Inspectorates - France
The French Competent Authority is the Ministry in charge of ecology, sustainable development and energy. The French Environmental Code allocates responsibility for REACH enforcement to a number of enforcing authorities, especially environmental inspectorate, labour inspectorate, consumer protection authority or customs. It provides them with the powers they need and sets down the offences and penalties (both administrative and criminal) for contraventions of REACH requirements. An annual inter-ministerial circular organises the work of REACH enforcers. Each REACH enforcement authority works in its own field of competence (e.g. labour inspection on the REACH requirements related to workers). The first controls started in 2009. At present controls are mainly focused on the pre-registration requirements.
Authorities responsible for REACH enforcement
- Ministry of ecology, sustainable development and energy - The French REACH Competent Authority's website for information on the roles of enforcement authorities and the arrangements for cooperation between them.