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National Inspectorates - Portugal

The responsibility of enforcement activities with respect to REACH, CLP, POP, PIC and BPR are laid down in the national legislation implementing REACH, CLP, POP, PIC and BPR.

The national enforcement authorities deal with issues relating to the environment, consumer products, safety and health and are responsible for ensuring compliance with REACH, CLP, POP, PIC and BPR within their respective spheres of responsibility.

In general the infringements are classified as serious or very serious environmental administrative offences or can be classified as serious or very serious administrative offences.

Where the gravity of the infringement so justifies, the competent authority, in addition to the fine, may decide to impose additional penalties as deemed appropriate. The competent authority may also, where necessary, order the provisional seizure of assets and documents.

Authorities responsible for REACH enforcement:

Authorities responsible for CLP enforcement:

  • The General Inspectorate for Agriculture, the Sea, the Environment and Spatial Planning (IGAMAOT) focusing on producers and formulators,
  • The Authority for the Economy and Food Safety (ASAE) focusing on distributors, wholesalers and retailers,
  • The Tax and Customs Authority, (AT) focusing on importers.

Authority responsible for PIC enforcement:

  • The General Inspectorate for Agriculture, the Sea, the Environment and Spatial Planning (IGAMAOT),
  • The Tax and Customs Authority, (AT) focusing on customs control on chemicals imports and exports.

Authorities responsible for POP enforcement:

  • The General Inspectorate for Agriculture, the Sea, the Environment and Spatial Planning (IGAMAOT),
  • The Authority for the Economy and Food Safety (ASAE).


Authority responsible for BPR enforcement:

  • The Authority for the Economy and Food Safety (ASAE).

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