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 6: Registration, Evaluation and the wider role of information under REACH

Steven Vaughan

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


This chapter explores various aspects of REACH which relate to information exchange, assessment, transmission and disclosure. These take four broad forms: the first relates to the transmission of chemical testing data to ECHA and the subsequent dissemination of that data; the second concerns the right of ECHA to evaluate the data it receives; the third relates to rights granted to third parties to call for or be provided with information on chemicals contained within articles; and the fourth touches on third party (i.e. non-registrant, non-supplier) information obligations. Throughout this chapter, the relevant guidance is highlighted and evaluated.

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