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)
You can contact the UK CA helpdesk by emailing
or by post:
UK REACH CA Helpdesk
5S.1 Redgrave Court