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Member states begin checks on hazardous chemicals in imported products

March 13, 2019 / Chemical Watch

"National enforcement authorities (NEAs) in 16 EU member states have started inspections on imported goods to check for the presence of substances of concern. Coordinated by the Echa Enforcement Forum, the pilot project targets REACH and CLP obligations for the products and is performed in cooperation with customs authorities. It began in March and will run until the autumn. Inspectors and customs teams will check whether imported products comply with certain restrictions under REACH regarding hazardous chemicals, such as: cadmium; nickel; or lead. They are also verifying that chemical products are labelled with the required safety information. Where products are found to be non-compliant, the import will be stopped and any future imports will not be allowed to enter the EU market. "