The Classification, Labelling, and Packaging (CLP) Regulation and REACH limits will be enforced uniformly across the EU as part of a project approved by ECHA's Enforcement Forum. This initiative will ensure that items sold online adhere to REACH regulations. Its Biocidal Products Regulation Subgroup, or BPRS, decided to start a study on biocidal product labeling.

• Inspecting will occur in this REACH-EN-FORCE (REF)-13 project in 2025. The objective is to determine if items offered online, such as toys, everyday items, or chemicals, adhere to REACH regulations. Additionally, inspectors will verify that online offers contain the necessary information regarding the dangers of the combination as well as that mixes are categorized, marked, and packed following CLP. Additionally, inspectors may examine adherence to the limits outlined in the RoHS Directive and the persistent organic pollutants (POPs) Regulation.

A significant area of non-compliance is the online selling of chemicals. Inspectors frequently discovered that mixes and items marketed online included banned dangerous compounds, such as those that cause cancer, in a prior Forum effort (REF-8). According to the research, 78% of restricted mixes or items did not adhere to REACH requirements.

Inspectors may depend on stricter laws governing online sales in upcoming projects, like the General Product Safety Regulation and Digital Services Act. We anticipate that this new legislation will strengthen enforcement.

The next significant biocide enforcement initiative (BEF-3) will put a strong emphasis on ensuring that product labels for biocidal products are accurate, according to the Forum's subgroup on biocidal products regulation (BPRS). The information on biocides' labels will be compared by inspectors to what has been permitted and included in the Summary of Product Characteristics. Additionally, inspectors may examine the accuracy and completeness of the data in the Safety Data Sheets, which are necessary for biocidal products.

The projects REF-13 and BEF-3 will both be ready in 2024, with inspections set for 2025 and reports due in 2026.


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