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National Inspectorates - Greece

1.General Chemical State Laboratory (GCSL), Independent Authority for Public Revenue.

Directorate of Energy, Industrial and Chemical Products of the GCSL is the competent Authority for Chemicals legislation, especially for:

  • REACH and CLP Regulations
  • PIC regulation in the field of industrial chemicals in Greece
  • As far as the POPs regulation is concerned, the transfer of the responsibility from the Ministry of Environment to the General Chemical State Laboratory (GCSL) of Independent Authority for Public Revenue is in progress.

 

Directorate of Energy, Industrial and Chemical Products, in collaboration with the Regional Chemical Services of GCSL, is also the main Competent Authority responsible for the enforcement of:

  • REACH regulation for all chemical products
  • CLP regulation for all chemical products, except products falling under regulation 1107/2009/EC and 528/2012/EU (BPR)
  • PIC regulation for industrial chemicals.

In particular, the Directorate of Energy, Industrial and Chemical Products is responsible for the planning, coordination and management of the national enforcement projects, which are carried out by the Regional Chemical Services of GCSL throughout the country. There is a network of about 50 inspectors (chemists/chemical engineers) officials of the Regional Chemical Services of GCSL with experience in chemicals legislation and in relevant inspections who are adequately trained. According to our national implementing legislation, the Regional Chemical Services of GCSL conduct the above mentioned enforcement projects independently, control the corrective measures and impose penalties in case of non-compliance.

 

2.General Directorate of Agriculture, Ministry of Rural Development and Food.

Directorate of plant production protection, is the competent Authority responsible for the enforcement of:

  • CLP regulation concerning the products falling under regulation 1107/2009/EC and part of the products falling under the 528/2012/EU (BPR) regulation.
  • BPR regulation concerning a part of Biocides products (PTs 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20 and 21).
  • PIC regulation for pesticides.

For Biocides in our competence (PT: 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21), the Directorate of Plant Produce Protection and the relevant Biocides Department is responsible for the enforcement of Biocides Regulation.

In particular it is responsible for the co-ordination of market control and imposing fines

There is a network of about 200 inspectors in the regional authorities who carried out inspections but only as part of other inspections, usually when they carried out inspections for pesticides

At the moment there is no annual project for biocides but one is planned for 2020.

Directorate of plant production protection is also responsible for the implementation of PIC regulation in the field of pesticides.

In particular, the General Directorate of Agriculture, Ministry of Rural Development and food is responsible for the planning, coordination, management of the scheduling national and annual auditing programme and Enforcement project, which are carried out by and with the coordination of local authorities throughout the country.

There are 2 annual projects. One of the pesticides residues on agricultural products and one of the illegal use or illegal pesticides

There is a network of 66 inspectors (local Directorates throughout the country), 2 National laboratories, about 5 customs offices at points of entrance in the Country and at also 7 Regional Centres, (e.g. laboratories).

 

3.National Organization for Medicines, Ministry of Health.

The National Organization for Medicines is responsible for the enforcement of:

  • CLP regulation concerning part of products falling under regulation 528/2012/EU (BPR) regulation.
  • BPR regulation concerning a part of Biocides products (PT: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 11 & 22).

 

4.General Directorate of Customs and Excise Duty, Independent Authority for Public Revenue.

Directorate of Customs Procedures and Regional Customs Authorities are responsible for the enforcement of:

  • PIC regulation, article 18 (for industrial chemicals and pesticides).

The Custom authorities have the responsibility of controlling the import and export of chemicals listed in Annex I of PIC regulation.

Customs Procedures Directorate is responsible for the coordination of the customs authorities controls during the import and export of chemical products, which are carried out throughout the country. Products to be controlled are chosen based on the customs risk analysis system and through the establishment of routine cooperation procedures with the regional chemical services control operations are being organized. The goal is to prevent the entry into the European market of imported goods which breach the conditions of a restriction of the Regulation.

5.Ministry of Environment & Energy.

As far as the POPs regulation is concerned, the transfer of the responsibility from the Ministry of Environment to the General Chemical State Laboratory (GCSL) of Independent Authority for Public Revenue is in progress.

Competent Authority responsible for REACH enforcement

Competent Authorities responsible for CLP enforcement

Competent Authorities responsible for BPR enforcement

Competent Authorities responsible for PIC enforcement

Competent Authorities responsible for POPs enforcement

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