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 7: Substance bans under REACH

Steven Vaughan

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

Abstract

REACH restricts the placing on the market or use of harmful substances through two processes: Authorisation and Restriction. The operation of these processes forms the heart of this chapter. Though similar in regulatory outcome, the scope, operation and consequences of the two processes are very different. This chapter makes those differences explicit. Throughout this chapter, the relevant guidance is also highlighted and evaluated.

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