1 in 4 imported products found to be non-compliant with REACH and CLP

The report on the pilot project on cooperation with customs in enforcement of REACH restrictions and CLP labelling has just been published.

This pilot project by ECHA’s Enforcement Forum examining imports of products into the EU has found that 23 % of inspected products were non-compliant with REACH and CLP. Some imports contained illegal amounts of hazardous substances that are restricted in the EU, while others had incorrect hazard labelling – which could compromise their safe use and put citizens’ health at risk if they enter the market.

One of the objectives of this project was also to assess how cooperation between REACH/CLP enforcement and customs authorities worked in practice. The results indicate that there is well functioning cooperation between participating authorities and that the most frequent method of working during the project were joint checks performed by both customs and REACH/CLP inspectors.

More information can be found available on the ECHA news release.