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REACH revision under the Chemicals Strategy


The Commission has begun work on a revision of the REACH Regulation as announced in the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability. The revision is led jointly by DG Environment and DG GROW.

The revision will be done in the most targeted way possible, limited to achieving the objectives of the Strategy, based on public consultations and subject to a comprehensive impact assessment. This will include an analysis of how small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) as well as innovation are affected.

The revision follows the Commission’s Better Regulation provisions. It will include a thorough assessment of possible impacts of potential changes to REACH on

  • the protection of human health and the environment
  • the use of animal testing
  • the functioning of the internal market
  • and the competitiveness and innovation of European industry and businesses



Previous and upcoming actions on the REACH revision


Studies and consultations to support the REACH revision

The impact assessment and the revision proposal will be informed by existing reviews and studies (see here and here), as well as several new studies that will assess policy options and impacts. Comprehensive consultations with stakeholders are planned as part of the various studies, to ensure that all views and relevant information is taken into account. Those consultations include

An overview of the planned activities, including Terms of References for the various contracts, contractors, information on the progress of the studies, where available relevant study reports and planned consultations is available here.


Events and Workshops

Stakeholder Workshop on the extended generic risk management approach under REACH - 21 March 2022

The workshop is one of the consultation activities carried out for the impact assessment of the REACH revision. The workshop aims to present a mapping of main uses for the substances affected by the extended generic risk management approach and validate this with stakeholders.

The workshop will be a full day online meeting, with two plenary sessions and two break-out group sessions in the morning and the afternoon. See the draft agenda.

If you wish to attend the workshop, please fill in the registration form before 4 March 2022.

Please note that in the registration form you will be asked to indicate your preferred mode of participation.

As an active participant, we expect you to contribute to the discussions in the break-out group sessions and you will be able to attend also the plenary sessions. In this case, you may indicate a preference for the break-out group based on product categories.

As a passive participant, you will only have access to the plenary sessions (introduction, presentation of results from break-out group discussions, and conclusions).

If registrations exceed available places for the break-out group sessions, the Commission reserves the right to select participants to ensure balanced participation of stakeholders.

Tags: Chemicals legislation; Single Market; Environment

Date and time: 21 March 2022; 9:00-18:00

Practical information: Monday 21 March 2022; 9:00-18:00; Online (link will follow closer to the event); English