Legal Basis


Article 2 (3) of Regulation no. 1907/2006/EC (REACH) stipulates that Member States may allow for exemptions from this Regulation, in specific cases for certain substances, on their own, in a mixture or in an article, where necessary in the interests of defence. 


The Department of Labour Inspection of the Ministry of Labour and Social Insurance is the Competent Authority of Cyprus for REACH and may grant an exemption according to article 2(3) of the REACH Regulation.


Description of National Procedure


Exemptions based on the provisions of Article 2(3) of the REACH Regulation refer exclusively to defence products already provided or to be provided to the Cypriot armed forces.


When an exemption is to be requested, an application should be submitted to the Department of Labour Inspection.  For the approval of the requested exemption the following procedure applies:

  1. The Department of Labour Inspection may grant exemption/exemptions provided the chemicals involved are characterized as necessary in the interests of defence and admissible under Community law.
  2. When exemptions are granted, sufficient protection of all employees who may come into contact with the relevant substance or its reaction products as well as environmental protection must be guaranteed. To be able to evaluate how this protection can be achieved the request for approval of exemption from the REACH Regulation must include documents substantiating the request. Such documents include in particular the Safety Data Sheet for each substance and/or mixture covered by the exemption, which has been prepared in accordance with the provisions of Article 31 of the REACH Regulation.
  3. The Department of Labour Inspection will decide whether further documents should be submitted.
  4. The applicant should comply with the conditions imposed when exemptions are granted.

Third parties like importers to European Union and manufactures should consider, in cooperation with the Ministry of Defence, during the procurement procedure, any need for request of defence exemptions.


Description of National Safeguard Measures


Suppliers will comply with the provisions of the national legislation regarding Occupational Health and Safety, the Chemical Substances legislation and the protection of the environment, throughout the substance/mixture or article life cycle, including disposal.


National Bodies Involved


The Department of Labor Inspection of the Ministry of Labour and Social Insurance

The Ministry of Defence


Where to File an Application


Department of Labour Inspection

1493 Cyprus

Tel.: +357 22405623



It is recommended to have a preliminary contact with the Department of Labour Inspection.


Conditions/Procedures for Acknowledgment/Recognition of Foreign Defence Exemptions


Foreign defence exemptions are taken into consideration during the national procedure, however the exemption decision will be based on a separate national assessment.


Number of Exemptions Granted


So far, 1 exemption certificate covering 22 substances has been issued. 


Contact Info


Department of Labor Inspection:


Cyprus Ministry of Defense

Central Point of Contact to EDA :

National Armaments Directorate PoC to EDA :


Link to national web site(s) (if any)


The Department of Labor Inspection

Cyprus Ministry of Defense


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