We’ve been discussing the November 30, 2010 REACH registration requirements on the blog, and now it’s time to address upcoming REACH enforcement efforts. On October 15, 2010, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced a project to inspect formulators of mixtures, that is, companies that purchase chemicals to prepare formulations such as paints, dyes, and industrial compounds. The enforcement project, which is designed to test REACH compliance, is slated for 2011.

In its announcement, the ECHA said that, while formulators of mixtures are not responsible for registering substances under REACH, they have supply chain responsibilities (e.g., safety data sheet requirements) that relate to obligations under REACH and the Regulation on the Classification, Labeling and Packaging of Substances and Mixtures (CLP Regulation). In particular, the ECHA stated “inspectors will control the supply-chain related obligations for substances in the mixtures prepared by formulators as well as the CLP notification requirements. They will also check if the substances placed on the market in mixtures are registered or pre-registered. In addition, the inspectors will raise awareness of the future obligations for Downstream Users with relation to the extended safety data sheet.”

The enforcement project, known as “REACH-EN-FORCE 2”, will be implemented by the EU’s Forum for Exchange of Information on Enforcement. Although REACH enforcement is the responsibility of Member State authorities, the Forum is tasked with, among other responsibilities, performing joint inspections and highlighting compliance problems.