EU Chemicals Regulation

EU Chemicals Regulation

New Governance, Hybridity and REACH

Steven Vaughan

This book provides an exploratory, explanatory and normative account of REACH, the EU Regulation on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals, and its regulator, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA). There are more than one million words of official ECHA guidance to accompany the 516 pages of REACH. This book sets out a thick, detailed analysis of REACH and ECHA’s guidance and, in so doing, offers up a complex, nuanced and differentiated account of hybrid new governance.

Chapter 5: Information creation and Substance Information Exchange Fora

Steven Vaughan

Subjects: environment, environmental governance and regulation, environmental law, law - academic, environmental law, european law, regulation and governance


This chapter is concerned with the generation of information on chemicals under REACH. It outlines the processes of substance information fora (SIEF) formation and operation, moving from the need to agree on substance ‘sameness’ to questions of SIEF structure and ordering to the core task of data sharing (and the corollary need to share costs). In particular, the chapter comments on the practical difficulties experienced in ‘real life’ SIEFs. Throughout this chapter, the relevant guidance is highlighted and evaluated.

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