Restrictions limit or ban the manufacture, placing on the market or use of certain substances that pose an unacceptable risk to human health and the environment. A Member State, or ECHA on request of the European Commission, can propose restrictions.

Public consultation on restriction proposal

Anyone can comment on a proposal to restrict a substance. Those most likely to be interested are companies, organisations representing industry or civil society, individual citizens, as well as public authorities.

Comments are welcomed from the EU or beyond.

The public consultation lasts for six months.

Provide your comments


Provide your comments within the first three months of the consultation period to ensure that your comments are taken into account when the rapporteurs of ECHA's Risk Assessment Committee (RAC) and the Committee for Socio-Economic Analysis (SEAC) meet three months after the publication of the proposal.

Write your comments in English, if possible.

Public consultation on SEAC draft opinions

After publishing the draft opinion of SEAC, ECHA organises another public consultation where all interested parties may comment only on the SEAC draft opinion. Other comments cannot be taken into account.

Comments are welcomed from the EU or beyond.

The consultation lasts for 60 days after the publication of SEAC's draft opinion.

Provide your comments


Write your comments in English, if possible.

Committees opinions

The Risk Assessment Committee (RAC) evaluates whether the suggested restriction is the appropriate measure to reduce the risk to human health and the environment. Within nine months of the publication of the proposal, RAC will adopt its opinion.

SEAC balances the pros and cons of the restriction for society, based on the information provided by proposals and the comments received. The committee analyses the health and environmental benefits, the associated costs and other socio-economic impacts of the restriction. The draft opinion of SEAC is subject to a public consultation.

ECHA forwards the two opinions of the scientific committees to the European Commission. The Commission will draft an amendment to the list of restrictions (Annex XVII of REACH) within three months. A new restriction or a revision of an existing restriction will be adopted if the European Council of Ministers or the European Parliament do not oppose to the restriction.



As a general rule, ECHA can make available all the comments and information it receives through a consultation. However, you are entitled to submit confidential information which will only be made use of in ECHA and its Committees if you justify the need for your information to be considered confidential. If you choose to submit confidential information, we kindly ask you to also submit a version containing the non-confidential parts.

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