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National Inspectorates - France

The French Competent Authorities are:

  • The Ministry in charge of ecology, sustainable development and energy for REACH, biocidal products, PIC and POP regulations.
  • The Ministry of Labour for CLP regulation.

The French Environmental Code allocates responsibility for REACH, CLP, biocidal products, PIC and POP regulations' enforcement to a number of enforcing authorities, especially environmental inspectorate, labour inspectorate, consumer protection and fraud prevention authority or customs. It provides them with the powers they need and sets down the offences and penalties (both administrative and criminal) for contraventions of REACH, CLP, biocides, PIC and POP requirements.

Each REACH, CLP, biocides, PIC and POP regulation enforcement authority works in its own field of competence (e.g. labour inspection on the REACH requirements related to workers) and according to its own priorities. Collaborations and cooperations between theses authorities are frequent and encouraged. Indeed, regular meetings, joint training and joint inspections are organized throughout the year to reinforce interactions and exchange of information between enforcement authorities.

Authorities responsible for REACH, CLP, biocides, PIC and POP regulations' enforcement

  • Ministry for the Ecology and Inclusive Transition (General Directorate for Risk Prevention and local services) involved in the environmental part of industrial sites.
  • Ministry of Labour (General Directorate for Labour and local services) involved in labour law (working conditions, labour management relations,…).
  • Ministry of Economy (Directorate General for Competition Policy, Consumer Affairs and Fraud Control and local services) involved in safety, economic protection of consumers and regulation of market competition.
  • Ministry of Public Action and Accounts (General Directorate of Customs and excise and local services) involved in border control.

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