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 8: The enforcement of REACH

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 mechanics of REACH enforcement in the UK and with the inter-relationships between the REACH regulatory agencies in the UK inter se and with ECHA, in both cases as set out in the text of the Regulation as well as in associated guidance (here, by ECHA’s Enforcement Forum and by the UK’s Health and Safety Executive).

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