A recent study finds that the following countries

● Albania

● Bosnia and Herzegovina

● Kosovo

● North Macedonia

● Turkey

need more resources to implement the EU’s chemicals laws. ECHA has supported its progress under the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance on behalf of the European Commission.

Those countries have worked to harmonize their legal frameworks for managing chemicals with EU regulations for the past 10 years.

A study, commissioned by ECHA on behalf of the European Commission, has formulated national action plans and found gaps and shortcomings in the capacity of the five candidates and pre-candidates to EU accession to make EU chemicals legislation. 

They would need more financial, human and IT resources to successfully implement and enforce the REACH, CLP, BPR, PIC, and POPs regulations. The study also recommends they strengthen and increase communications activities and devote more resources to IT. 

ECHA and EU Member States will need to intensify their work through several actions. ECHA stands ready to continue supporting those countries by providing training to their authorities on risk assessment, training, IT security, and tools, as well as enforcement. 

Reference: https://echa.europa.eu/-/accession-countries-need-targeted-support-to-prepare-for-eu-chemicals-laws 

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