National Inspectorates - Lithuania
Responsibility for the implementation of REACH and CLP in Lithuania is divided between four ministries: The Ministry of Environment, The Ministry of Social Security and Labour, The Ministry of Economy and the Ministry of Finance. Each of these ministries has the corresponding enforcement institutions responsible for enforcement activities according to their areas of competence.
Authorities responsible for REACH and CLP enforcement
- Environmental Protection Agency (Ministry of Environment) - Focusing on manufacture, import and professional use of chemicals
- State Labour Inspectorate (Ministry of Social Security and Labour) - Focuses on the use of chemicals in the workplace
- State Non Food Products Inspectorate (Ministry of Economy) - Focuses on household chemicals and biocides
- Customs Department (Ministry of Finance) - Controls cross border flow of chemicals
Authorities responsible for Biocides enforcement
In Lithuania there are five enforcement authorities responsible (under 5 different ministries) for implementing the requirements of Regulation (EU) No 528/2012: State Consumer Rights Protection Authority (The Ministry of Justice), State Labour Inspectorate (Ministry of Social Security and Labour), State Food and Veterinary Service (The Ministry of Agriculture), National Public Health Centre (that also acts as competent institution, Ministry of Health) and Customs of the Republic of Lithuania (Ministry of Finance ).
State Consumer Right Protection Authority ensures that products that has been made available on the market are authorized as well as correctly classified, packaged and labeled according Regulation (EU) No 528/2012 and checks if the active substances contained in biocidal products that have been used to treat articles with are included in the Regulation (EU) No. 528/2012 Annex I or the European Union list of approved active substances and if treated articles that have been placed on the market are labelled in compliance with BPR requirements. The authority also surveils whether authorization holders are keeping records of the biocidal products they placed on the market and whether products‘ manufacturers are filling the appropriate manufacturing process-related documents in paper or electronic format. The responsibility for enforcing the advertising requirements in Lithuania also lies with State Consumer Right Protection Authority.
State Labour Inspectorate together with State Food Veterinary Service and National Public Health Centre, regarding their areas of competence, enforce the usage of biocidal products. These institutions surveil whether biocidal products have been used in accordance to special authorized conditions.
Customs of the Republic of Lithuania is responsible to supervise whether products that have been imported from the third countries are authorized according BPR.