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REACH Background: Internet Consultation on Draft Chemicals Legislation (the REACH System)

Directorate Generals Enterprise and Environment are preparing draft legislation to implement the ‘White Paper – Strategy for a Future Chemicals Policy’. During the consultation period, comments were invited on the workability of the proposed system, including the technical requirements.

The consultation was launched on 15 May 2003 and closed on 10 July 2003.

We have received between 6300 and 6500 contributions to the consultation and a number of specific questions. We are grateful for your participation in the development of this important area.

The responses that were sent to the Commission by e-mail, letter or fax are being published on DG Enterprise's website. Please note that due to the high number of responses using these channels (approximately 5500) full publication of these responses may take some time. If you are looking for a particular response and cannot find it, rest assured that it will be published shortly.

All responses received via the Interactive Policy Making (IPM) tool are included in a report in pdf form.  The two main sections of the report are:

  • Those who have responded on behalf of an organisation and

  • Those who have responded as an individual

[Hint: Contract the bookmarks to see the structure more clearly.]

Within each of these sections, the report is sorted by stakeholder type in the order Industry, NGO/Trade Union, Other (citizen, academic institute, ...), Public Authority, then by country and finally alphabetically by stakeholder name. The stakeholder name is taken as the organisation name, in the case of responses on behalf of an organisation and as the contact name in the case of responses as an individual. Where respondents have requested confidentiality, the stakeholder name is replaced by "**********".

The draft legislation is available in 7 volumes: