Commission non-committal over chemicals regulation revision timeline


The European Commission has declined to commit to moving forward with the delayed revision of the regulation on chemicals on the back of a deepening rift between the socialists and the centre-right groups of the European Parliament over the issue.

The revision of the regulation for evaluating and authorising chemicals (REACH) was announced as part of the Commission’s chemicals strategy for sustainability and was originally pencilled in for the end of 2022.

The amendment is intended to align the EU chemical rules with the Commission’s ambition for safe and sustainable chemicals and a high level of protection of health and the environment, while also preserving the internal market.

After suffering a number of delays, the new framework, which will impact a wide range of chemicals, from pesticides to polymers used to create plastic materials, is now expected to come in 2023.

Asked whether the revision would proceed as planned, a Commission official told EURACTIV that, as the Commission Work Programme 2023 is being finalised, they “cannot confirm neither planning nor proposals for next year”.

While the official stopped short of committing to this timeline, they assured that the Commission will update its relevant web page “accordingly in the coming weeks to inform stakeholders and the public about the updated planning of the proposal.”

Meanwhile, the impact assessment accompanying the targeted REACH review is currently being finalised, the official added.

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Euractiv, 13-10-22