UK REACH Competent Authority

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In the UK, the Competent Authority is hosted by the Health and Safety Executive, working with the Environment Agency and other government departments.

The Competent Authority’s responsibilities under REACH are to:

  • Provide advice to interested parties on their respective responsibilities under REACH through a ‘helpdesk'
  • Enforce compliance with registration.
  • Conduct in depth evaluation of selected prioritised substances and prepare draft decisions.
  • Consider the identification of substances of very high concern for authorisation.
  • Consider whether substances need to be managed through restrictions.
  • Nominate candidates to membership of ECHA committees on risk assessment and socio-economic analysis.
  • Appoint members for the Member State committee.
  • Appoint a member to the Forum for Information Exchange and meet to discuss enforcement matters.
  • Liaise as appropriate with relevant enforcing organisations in relation to downstream responsibilities under REACH, e.g. the implementation by users of the risk management measures designated by suppliers; the adherence to restrictions or to the refusal of authorisation.

The competent authority helpdesk cannot:

  • Respond to complaints about the operation of REACH at the European level(ECHA/European Commission)
  • Provide input to any assessments being conducted by industry
  • Give views/opinions on draft assessments
  • Get involved in Substance Information Exchange Foras (SIEFs)
  • Provide support on policy issues (Defra)

Contact

You can contact the UK CA helpdesk by emailing 

or by post:

UK REACH CA Helpdesk
5S.1 Redgrave Court
Bootle
Merseyside
L20 7HS