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REACH – National Exemptions in the Interest of Defence

Starting back in early 2009, the European Defence Agency, at the request of its participating Member States, launched - in coordination with the European Commission - an initiative with respect to the European Regulation on Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) and its defence implications, specifically focussing on the area of national defence exemptions and their potential impact on the European Defence Equipment Market.

REACH basically provides for a European system of registration of chemical substances. In the registration process, the chemical substance and its intended use have to be reported to the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) by the producer or importer into the EU. Producers and importers also have to test the chemical substances and provide respective data to ECHA.

In the long run, REACH aims at encouraging industry to substitute certain dangerous and most harmful chemical substances by less dangerous ones. REACH entered into force on 1 June 2007. The period for preregistration (a simplified procedure for timely registration in order to benefit from a smoother fade-in into actual registration) has expired on 1 December 2008. As of this date, production and import of, in principle, any chemical substance is subject to the submission of a full registration dossier to ECHA.

REACH, as a European Regulation, is directly applicable in Member States and hence applies to the defence sector as well. However, REACH in its Article 2, paragraph 3, allows for national “exemptions […] in specific cases for certain substances […], where necessary in the interest of defence”.

Read more about EDA's REACH initiative

Read more about REACH on the EU Commission's webpages:    DG Enterprise and Industry    DG Environment

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