Impacts of REACH authorisation

On the 13th of December 2017, the European Commission published a study on the impacts of REACH authorisation.


The study on the impacts of REACH authorisation aims to assess the performance of the REACH authorisation system. The study provides evidence to assess whether authorisation is working as intended and is achieving its objectives of progressive substitution of SVHCs by less hazardous alternatives and risk control. The study includes also findings about the role of authorisation on the decisions to substitute substances of very high concern (SVHCs), reduce emissions to the environment and lower exposure of workers to SVHCs, as well as some insights into the costs and benefits of authorisation. The study involved:

  • a review of existing literature
  • surveys with industry, NGOs, the European Commission, the European Chemicals Agency and competent authorities from EU countries
  • in-depth follow-up interviews with industry
  • case studies on specific chemicals or issues


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