Why two thirds of REACH registrations could be breaking the rules

The failure of chemical producers and importers to provide vital chemical safety data is undermining REACH’s ‘no data, no market’ principle, finds Gareth Simkins

Around a third of REACH registrations could be non-compliant, evidence gathered by German environmentalists suggests. Vital toxicity data is absent for an array of heavily-used chemicals, many of them registered by major companies, they found.

Five years ago, the German environment agency UBA asked the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) to investigate all 1,814 substances that had been registered under REACH by March 2014, chiefly those imported or manufactured in quantities of 100 tonnes or more per year. The study focused on whether the gravest risks to human health and the environment, such as mutagenicity, persistence and bioaccumulation, had been tested properly.

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