Forum starts to liaise with the Biocides Enforcement Group
The Forum for Exchange of Information on Enforcement (Forum) had its Forum 23 meeting on 16-18 March back-to-back with the Biocides Enforcement Group (BEG). Plans are laid for the pilot project on CLP focusing on internet sales.
Helsinki, 23 March 2016 – The Forum discussed further implementing a pilot project on CLP addressing internet sales. Thefocus of the project will be on Article 48 of the CLP Regulation, which deals with obligations to mention substance hazards in advertising. A task force will prepare the manual and the methodology, andthe operational phase will start at the end of 2016.
The BEG has been formed to coordinate enforcement of the Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR) and potentially integrating these tasks in the scope of the Forum. The BEG discussion focused on current BPR enforcement activities in the Members States, the enforcement priorities for the near future and the options for IT support for the BPR inspectors in the context of Article 76(1)(l) of the BPR, which tasks the Agency with supporting enforcement of the BPR.
ECHA has also released new tools for the national enforcement authorities. One of the tools is the portal dashboard for national enforcement authorities (PD-NEA) which replaces the previous "REACH Information Portal for Enforcement" (RIPE). It allows inspectors to access key information submitted by companies to ECHA in the context of REACH and CLP. Another relevant tool that has been available for a while to the PIC designated national authorities (DNAs) is ePIC. Now, it has also been made available to inspectors so that they can directly access PIC information submitted to ECHA by companies and the DNAs.
The PD-NEA improves on RIPE by giving enforcers new and powerful search features such as the possibility to search for revoked registrations or to find dossiers by the classification and labelling of the substance or by the presence of the substance on the restictions or authorisation lists. Inspectors will also get some new data such as details of legal entity changes, dossier history and reasons why companies updated the dossier. The new tool also offers inspectors improved useability and easier access to the information.