The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has published its second report  on the implementation of REACH and Classification, Labelling and Packaging (CLP) regulations since their initial introduction in 2005. These reports are issued every five years, with the first one published in 2011. The reports provide a picture of the impact, success and remaining challenges of implementing the European chemicals legislation. They also makes commitments and gives recommendations to the European Commission, Member States and industry.


In its second report on the operation of REACH and CLP, ECHA states that chemicals are used more safely, leading to higher protection for people and the environment. Notwithstanding, further progress is needed – particularly concerning the quality of registration and classification data on chemicals submitted by companies.

However, for nanomaterials, ECHA asks for improvement from industry in providing data. They acknowledge that there is no explicit requirements or legal clarity in REACH for nanomaterials, but request a constructive approach from industry.

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